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Let us guide you through how you can best set yourself up and take control of your pumping journey.


Clean and Sterilise

Before your first use, pull apart all the parts on your new pump so that you can sterilise them (not their motor or any tubing though!). Typically this process involves washing with dedicated cleaning brushes in a wash tub (not your sink) and then boiling parts in an oversized saucepan. Your Youha owner’s manual will guide you through the steps and considerations for proper pump sterilisation.

In case you need more detail:

  • Visit our Cleaning page for general principles
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Getting Ready

Put it all together

For your pump’s longevity and your baby's safety, pumps should only be assembled once completely air-dried. Your Youha owner’s manual will guide you through the steps and considerations to assemble your pump and keep it in top shape


Get pumping!

Line up your nipple, secure your bra and take a moment to breathe, relax, and look at your little one or a favourite photo of them. Turn on the pump motor, always keeping the suction within your comfort level. Use warmth, massage or vibration if needed to help the pump's two minute massage setting stimulate your letdown before it switches over to your last used express setting.

Get Super Pumped

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How to use a breast pump like a boss

Breast pumps offer us unprecedented convenience. So, when everyone's pumping experience is unique, how can you best set yourself up for a successful pumping journey? Get a leg up the learning curve with IBCLC Kate's top tips for getting the most out of your pump, and your time pumping!

Get into it!
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How breastmilk is produced

Take the mystery (but by no means the magic!) out of milk production. With the help of IBCLC Kate, we'll take you through how breast milk is produced by your body, what influence you have, and the stages involved – from early milk to maintaining an established supply.

Get into it!

Take Note

Track your progress

Celebrate your efforts and learn what's normal for YOU by noting the volume of milk you're collecting each session. Keep a journal or pop a manual entry & note into My YOUHA for the ability to visualise your progress over days, weeks or months. Connect your Youha Embody or The INs and the app will prompt you to log your sessions and input your milk volumes automatically.

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Between uses

Store and transport your pump safely

Once your pump is cleaned and completely air-dried, store either assembled or apart in an airtight container until your next use. If transporting your assembled pump, ensure you fit dust covers to your pump's breast shield before popping them in your bag. After use, ensure wet parts of your pump are rinsed if possible and kept separated from the motors in a waterproof compartment or bag and clean and dry them as soon as you're able.

In case you need more detail:

  • See our collection of pumping bags for tailored options

Now what?

Store and transport your milk safely

Woo! You've collected your expressed milk and transferred it to a sterile container, but now what? If you're out and about for a while, an insulated bag or pocket and frozen ice-block will likely be necessary to bring your milk down to a safe temperature until you can pop it in a fridge. Check out the Australian Breastfeeding Association for great in-depth guidelines to ensure safe milk storage.

In case you need more detail:

  • See our options for breast milk storage
  • Visit the national breast milk storage guidelines

Optimise Performance

Replace worn parts

Certain parts on your pump, like the little valves and membranes, work overtime for you and need to be replaced more frequently than others. When worn, these parts can diminish your pump's performance and effectiveness (read: less milk in your bottles!), so set yourself a recurring reminder to regularly check parts for signs of wear.

In case you need more detail:

  • See Replacement Parts page for the recommended replacement times of each part

Simple as that!

If you're still unsure about any aspect of pumping, we've got loads more detail in our FAQs for each pump as well as articles in our Get Super Pumped blog to help bring you up to speed. If you just prefer to shoot us your question directly, we'd love to hear from you! Email ask@youha.com.au and we'll be happy to help.

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