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Electric Breast Pump FAQs

We have created this article to answer common questions about our award-winning Smart Electric Breast Pump. It serves as a helpful resource besides our Smart Electric Breast Pump page, addressing general inquiries about breastfeeding, pumping, and milk storage.

The Frequently Asked Questions page is designed to answer common questions mums and professionals ask. Please visit this section often for a quick answer to your question. Additional FAQs will be added regularly.

Learn more: The Ultimate Guide to Electric Breast Pumps: Everything You Need to Know

Mother pumping using Lola&Lykke breast pump, the smart screen close-up

Lola&Lykke Electric Breast Pump FAQs

What's included in the pump box? Do I need anything else to start pumping right away?

The box includes the breast pump itself, the pump's stand, a 24mm breast shield, a baby bottle, a cap (for silicone breast shield), and a USB charging cable. You don't essentially need anything else to start pumping! But we do sell some replacement parts and breast pump accessories, mostly for convenience not maintenance.

Check out: The full breast pump + accessories collection

I’ve never pumped before, what level should I use for stimulation and expression?

While many mums seem to pump with levels 3 to 5, you’ll have to try the levels as you start and adjust it to your comfort. This may change throughout your recovery, breastfeeding journey, and your hormonal changes.

What’s the difference between the two rhythms?

The Stimulation phase is a fast-pumping rhythm that mimics baby’s natural sucking pattern to stimulate milk flow. This lasts for two minutes. There are 6 Stimulation levels.

The Expression phase is a slower pumping rhythm for gentle and efficient milk collection after milk flow has started. There are 9 Expression levels.

Can I use your pump in my pumping bra to pump hands-free?

You can definitely pump hands-free with a nursing bra! The pump with attached Lola&Lykke bottle weighs 300 grams. Please note that your pumping bra needs to handle that weight + the weight of the milk you want to pump. In general, you’d need a pumping bra that can support around 500 grams. There are many pumping bras available that can meet this requirement. For example, the Noppies Seamless Pumping and Nursing Bra is an excellent choice, designed with features like one-handed clips on the straps for convenient pumping and feeding transitions.

Learn more: 5 Reasons Why a Good Nursing Bra is a Game-Changer for New Mothers

Can I use two pumps at once?

For sure! Many mums have purchased two pumps and are double pumping like this.

How quiet is the Lola&Lykke Electric Breast Pump?

The Lola&Lykke Electric Breast Pump operates at an incredibly quiet 45-decibel noise level, providing discreet pumping sessions wherever and whenever you need. Despite its compact size, this breast pump is the most powerful on the market, offering hospital-grade suction to make expressing milk a breeze.

Are you making a wearable pump in the future?

Yes, it’s currently in development, and we hope to launch it soon.

What size is the standard breast shield?

The breast shield included in the Smart Electric Breast Pump is 24mm.

Can I use Lola&Lykke Smart Electric Breast Pump after C-section?

If breastfeeding after a c-section is delayed or cannot happen shortly following birth, it’s important to start pumping to initiate your milk supply. You can investigate beforehand if hospital has a multi-user pump, or if you can bring your own. A pump like our Electric Breast Pump with different stimulation and expression phases can help you express colostrum while you initiate, build and maintain breastmilk production.

My pump is making weird noises? My pump won’t hold charge and now I have to pump with USB attached. What to do?

The normal sound for the pump is a suction sound with air being released at the end of each vacuum. If you hear clicking, ticking, whistling, or anything else, please get in touch with us at info@lolalykke.com 

Keep in mind that the motor should not get wet at any point. We recently studied some broken pumps with our manufacturer and found that around half of those had a malfunction we will work on fixing, and roughly half had moisture inside the motor engine. Be careful when carrying the pump in a bag with a water bottle for example!

Mother breastfeeding and pumping at the same time

When can I start pumping with Lola&Lykke Electric Breast Pump if I'm breastfeeding and how often should I pump?

You can begin pumping right after your baby is born. How often you pump depends on your goals. If you're supplementing breastfeeding, pump a couple of times a day, especially in the morning. To boost your milk supply or build up a stash, pump after nursing sessions. If you're exclusively pumping, you'll need to pump instead of breastfeeding throughout the day and night. Check out our full guide on combining breastfeeding and pumping for more details.

Which bottles is Lola&Lykke Electric Pump compatible with?

In addition to our own bottles (included in the pump pack and sold separately) the Smart Electric Breast Pump is fully compatible with Philips Avent bottles.

How long does it take to charge the Lola&Lykke Electric Pump?

The initial charge takes about two hours with each subsequent charge taking time depending on your usage between charges.

IMPORTANT: Do not leave the pump to charge overnight as this may damage the battery.

How do I clean and assemble the breast pump parts?

Cleaning and separating the breast pump parts is super easy! The parts can be cleaned in hot water with mild washing-up liquid and then rinsed thoroughly. We do not encourage washing the parts in the dishwasher. You can rub all parts gently with your fingers and let water run through them. Do not force a brush or sponge into them as this may cause damage.

How do I clean the Smart Electric Breast Pump motor unit?

IMPORTANT: Do not wash the motor unit. Use a damp (not wet) cloth to wipe down the pump body if necessary.

Tip: As an alternative to using a damp cloth, use cleaning wipes for easy, convenient cleaning.

How do I sanitise the Smart Electric Breast Pump parts?

We recommend using boiling as your method of sanitising, but others work too. Cold water tablets, and steaming may also work. Avoid microwave as prolonged exposure to humid heat may cause damage.

How should I store the Smart Electric Breast Pump?

You can keep its original packaging where every part has its own spot. You can also store the pump upright in a cupboard or countertop with all parts assembled to avoid dust gathering in it. 

What do I do if milk accidentally gets into the Smart Electric Breast Pump motor?

Do not turn the engine on. Try drying it well and put it in some rice. Unfortunately the motor engine is a closed unit so it cannot be unassembled to allow for drying. Let sit in rice for two days, and try turning it on. Get in touch if you have any further questions! We are always happy to help on an individual basis, at info@lolalykke.com. 

What materials is the pump made of?

Lola&Lykke Portable Electric Breast Pump parts are made of BPA-free polypropylene and BPA-free food-grade silicone. All materials are also free of latex and DEHP (Phthalate). It has a lithium ION battery. 

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Breast Pump Accessories FAQs

Do you have spare parts?

We do! Our available spare and additional parts currently include:

Breast shield (in 21mm, 24mm, and 27mm)
Silicone spare part set with two valves and a suction cup
- Milk bag adapter
- NaturalFlow Nipple Teats (0+, 3+, 6+ months)
- NaturalFlow Baby Bottle
- Breast Milk Storage Bags (in 10pcs and 30pcs)
Complete Breast Pump Spare Set (in 21mm, 24mm, and 27mm)


    Are the breast milk storage bags reusable?

    The breast milk storage bags aren’t currently reusable as their washing and sanitising is very difficult to do at home.

    Does the adapter come with pump or milk bags?

    The adapter comes with the 10 milk bags box or you can purchase it separately.

    How do I use Lola&Lykke Breast Milk Bags with the pump?

    Pump directly into the milk storage bags and use our clever adapters to attach a bottle teat, turning the bag from storage into a bottle. If freezing, leave room for expansion during freezing by avoiding overfilling. Lay the bag flat for quick freezing and label and date each bag before storing. Remember, when feeding, always supervise your baby and never leave them unattended with the feeding bag. Dispose of used bags after first use; they are intended for breast milk only.

    What sized teats do you have?

    Currently available Lola&Lykke teats are sized for 0+ months, 3 months, and 6 months. They are available here.

    What materials are the bottles made out of?

    Bottles are made out of BPA-free polypropylene. The teat is BPA-free food-grade silicone. More about the bottles here

    What size are the breast shields at the base?

    Breast shields come in three different sizes: 21mm, 24mm (standard), and 27mm. Check out the sizing guide under Choose Your Size.

    Learn more: Which Breast Pump is for Me? The Lola&Lykke’s Guide to Breast Pumping

    Did you know our Smart Electric Breast Pump is a multi-award winner? It was nominated for Best Breast Pump and even received the Gold Award for Best Breast Pump at the Mother&Baby Awards in 2023 and 2024.

    by Lola&Lykke Team