Carum – setting up the pump

Carum – setting up the pump


so let’s talk about setting up and using
the Carum pump. So I have got two different breast shells I’ve got two lip
valves,I’ve got two of these transparent membranes, I’ve got two lids for my
breast shells with two different tubes and I’ve got my bottles at the end of
the tubes. We’ve got our little white connectors
now we’re going to need two of these because a Carum has two separate Pistons
we’ve got two separate chambers and the suction is going through therefore be
much better quality than you get with a normal double pump where both of the
pump sides share just one piston. Okay so I’m gonna go get my breast shell let’s
imagine we’ve already resized this breast shell and we know this is the
right shell for us I’m gonna put my lip valve on the underside of my shell screw
that in position I’ve got nice clean hands before I start assembling my pump
set I’m gonna put this membrane on the top the shell that I’ve got my green lid
with my connector tube now on this green lid. We have a line that we’re going to
match up with a line that will find on the top of the breast shell match up
those two lines and then a little turn clockwise about half a centimeter and
now that’s ready to connect into one side of the Carum. Let’s do the same
again I’ve got my bottle I’m gonna put my lip valve on the underside of my
breast shell and that’s gonna face down into the bottle and the milk will
trickle down through that and arrive in the bottle. I’m gonna put my other
membrane in the top of the shell put my green lid on find those lines line up
those lines and go about half a centimeter clockwise and I’m gonna
connect onto the other side. Okay so we’ve got our two bottles ready for pumping.
When I’m not using them I could store them behind when they’re full of milk
and I’m sorting at my storage I can put them there after I finish pumping you
won’t be pumping with them on there you’ll be holding them against your body
with your hands when it’s actually time for pumping. So let’s have a good it go
at switching the pump actually so in a switch on my power button and
we’ll notice we’ve got our lovely welcome sign it’s nice and bright and
clear now if it was the middle of the night we may not want such a bright
light so we could press our little dimming switch and that will mean we can
still read the settings but it’s not quite as bright and overwhelming at
nighttime. Now when I switch on the pump first of all we go into stimulation mode
there are three different kinds of settings on the current pump we’ve got
the stimulation mode we’ve got the expression mode and we’ve also got
something called sensitive mode that I’ll talk to you about at the end now
when it’s stimulation mode will notice this amber color in the background and
we’ll see these three little drips that’ll have the Amber circle around
them so rather than the two larger drops being emphasized we’ve got these three
little drips and the stimulation mode is all about getting your letdown reflex
started getting your milk ejection reflex which is when the oxytocin
hormone arrives in the breasts squeezes the muscles around the milk storage
areas and helps the milk to start flowing. You may find that this
particular setting isn’t quite right for you and your milk doesn’t quite flow the
good thing about the Carum is you can override the settings at any time to get
something that’s right for you so quite often when we do start with the
stimulation mode we might want faster cycles when a baby comes onto the
breasts they’re going to be doing a more of a quicker sucking motion to get your
letdown started so we could try and play around with that and maybe get some
faster cycles going. We might even want a slightly stronger vacuum we need to find
the setting that’s right for us so at the beginning in stimulation mode
it’s quite a quick noise it’s kind of up Then after a while we might notice
that our milk starts to arrive we might see some droplets on the end of our
nipple some people even spray don’t worry if you don’t because we’re all
different when we think that the stimulation mode has done its job and
our letdown reflex has started and we’re going to press this button with the
drips on and we’re going to move into expression mode and can you see that the
background has gone green and instead of the amber light around those three
little drips we’ve got the green light around the two larger drops
and now we’re in expression mode, and it’s making a different noise instead of
going. We’re now going more of a much of a slower slower steadier noise and again
if we want to override the settings and find something that’s right for us we
can do that so let’s imagine that I do better with a little bit stronger on the
vacuum so I’m gonna press on the vacuums and I can actually hear the valves and
the pumps actually now making a little bit more noise in the virtual bottles. I
might do better with slightly slower cycles I’ll need to play around with
what’s right for me. We’ve got the clock at the top telling us how many minutes
we’ve been pumping for and we can decide what optimum for us someone who’s
pumping very regularly with a pump like the carom probably isn’t going to need
to pump for much more than about 10 to 15 minutes. So let’s imagine that we want to use a different setting let’s talk about the sensitive setting, so if you’re
damaged if you’re sore or if for another reason you’re worried about the suction
of the pump perhaps it’s the very first time you’ve used the pump and you want
to just see how it feels straight away without necessarily going into full-on
stimulation mode you could use sensitive mode from the beginning. The key thing about sensitive mode is as soon as the pump switches on we’re going to press that
drip button we’re not going to wait for the Welcome symbol we’re not going to
wait for the stimulation mode to get started so I’m going to press the power
button on I’m gonna press the drip mode straightaway and we should find it move
straight into sensitive mode. It’s a little bit quieter it’s got a green
background it’s gone straight to those two drips but it’s very gentle it’s not
using quite as much suction on the vacuum as the normal expression mode is
and that might be an option for you perhaps if you’re a little bit sore we
just want to try out for the pump for the very first time. So as I said well
the nice things about the current Karam is this double piston technology that’s
going to improve your pumping output it’s also a closed system that means
that milk doesn’t leak into the mechanism as it does with some very
popular pump brands and it’s something that you can keep cleaner more hygienic
and use again after a time or even lend it to
nobody else if you’re feeling very generous but if I had a Carum I’m not
sure I would okay so let’s now take this out ready for storage as I said the milk
is going to be in here so we would just twist that off and we
could either store that in a bag or put our special little lids on that we could
that come with the pump. We can store in the fridge or in the freezer depending
on the temperature of your fridge or freezer you might store for different
lengths of time also depending whether your baby’s premature or term. Good
luck with your pumping!

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