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Pumping with Symphony at the hospital

Mum pumping using Symphony

Congratulations on your little wonder! We know, starting this new journey can be daunting – but don´t worry, your Symphony pump will help you! Here is all you need to know to use it


Follow our step-by-step guide below to find out more!

Step 1: Use the right breast shield size
  • A badly fitting breast shield can reduce the amount of milk you express and cause pain during pumping.
  • A big breast does no equal a big shield size: The size of your nipple is the deciding factor!
  • The breast shield tunnel should surround your nipple closely, but leave enough space for the nipple to move back and forth freely without rubbing on the sides of the tunnel.
  • It shouldn’t pull too much of your areola into the tunnel while pumping


See downloads for full instructions on how to find the right breast shield size for you.

Step 2: Assemble your pump set

Disposable pump for single use or fore one-day (24/8 sessions) and Reusable pump set

Step 3: Find the right pumping program

To support you best, Symphony offers two research-based programs, INITIATE and MAINTAIN. It is crucial you always use the correct program!

  • INITIATE is meant to support you directly after giving birth. It mimics the sucking and pausing rhythm of a newborn during the first days of lactation. 
  • Use MAINTAIN after your milk has “come in” or at the latest on day 6. This program then imitates the sucking rhythm of a healthy baby during established lactation.
Step 4: Set Symphony to the correct program
  • The INITIATE program will run for 15 minutes including pauses, then stop automatically.
  • The MAINTAIN program will run in two phases: The stimulation phase will run for about 2 minutes, then switch automatically to the expression phase. You may also change to expression phase manually, if your milk starts flowing earlier.
    NOTE: The MAINTAIN program does not stop automatically, but has to be switched off manually after you are finished. Generally we recommend double pumping for approximately 15 minutes per session.


Find 'How to Use' videos.

Step 5: Find your Maximum Comfort Vacuum

Whether pumping in INITIATE or MAINTAIN, make sure you always pump at your Maximum Comfort Vacuum level to achieve the best results. Set the comfort vacuum by rotating the vacuum adjustment knob as follows:

  • First rotate the knob gradually to the right to increase the vacuum slowly to the point where you feel a slight discomfort.
  • Then rotate left again to reduce the vacuum by one bar – so really just a notch! – and reach your Maximuum Comfort Vacuum setting.

Maximum Comfort Vacuum setting

Step 6: Clean your set for next time
  • Your disposable set for single use has to be discarded immediately after use!
  • Your disposable One-day pump set may be used for 24 hours or 8 pumping sessions, then it has to be discarded. Make sure to clean the set thoroughly after each use following the instructions below.
  • Your reusable pump set may be cleaned by hospital staff. If not, you can clean it yourself using the video on “How to clean your One-day pump set” as reference. For the full cleaning instructions please refer to the instructions for use for your Symphony hospital pump.


Or find our QuickCard on how to clean your One-day pump-set.

Organize a rental pump for home
  • Don't forget: organize a rental pump for at home

  • Chances are, your milk supply might still need some help when you and your baby go home.
  • Or maybe your baby cannot breastfeed ( effectively) yet and you need to keep pumping so it gets all the goodness from your milk.
  • The good news is: Symphony is also available for rent and can support you throughout your whole breastfeeding journey, also if you experience breastfeeding issues later!


Click here for everything you need to know about Symphony rentals.

5 Golden rules for pumping
  • Always use the correct breast shield size for successful and comfortable pumping!
  • Always double pump (both breasts at the same time). Double pumping 8 times in 24 hours ensures you a better milk supply now and in the long run.
  • Always check you are pumping in the correct pumping program. Symphony offers two research-based programs, INITIATE and MAINTAIN.
  • Make sure you pump at your Maximum Comfort Vacuum.
  • Pumping should never hurt! If you experience any pain while pumping, please contact the healthcare professional near you.


Why pumping is important

  • Your body has prepared for breastfeeding during your pregnancy, now your breasts need your baby's suckling as a stimulation to start producing milk.
  • If your baby cannot breastfeed (effectively) yet, your Symphony breast pump will support by mimicking your baby´s natural sucking rhythm – while at the same time extracting the valuable first drops of colostrum for your baby.
  • To best support your milk coming in, you should breastfeed or double pump 8 -12 times in 24 hours, with no break longer than 5 hours.
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