Replacing your cushions at the right time ensures optimal comfort and performance
Hi Everybody! Tu-Hien Le, Founder and CEO of BeauGen here. In this post and video (below), I’m going to explain when and why you should replace your breast pump cushions.
When designing these cushions, we looked at a number of different materials, and tested them with hundreds of moms, to land on one with the best combination of comfort and durability. Ultimately we selected a rubber-like stretchy plastic material that is close to the feel of a mother’s skin tissue.
Just like how your skin replaces and replenishes itself, your BeauGen Breast Pump Cushions will need to be replaced as well. Overtime, the elasticity of the cushions will deteriorate with use. This results in lower performance overall. The good news is that even for exclusive pumpers (EP-ers), the cushions durability means that they’ll last about a month. We’ll get into this more below, so keep reading or watch this short video.
Learn more about why and when to replace your breast pump cushions from BeauGen
Replacing Your Cushions Monthly
As I said above, most moms will find that replacing cushions every month allows them to get optimal performance from their cushions. Think of the cushions almost like your contact lenses (if you use monthly contacts). Over time and with extended use and cleaning, they just don’t feel as comfortable as they did when they were newer.
To ensure that your cushions last longer, follow these proper care instructions and tips.
Variations on this Time Frame
If you exclusively pump and use the cushions quite frequently, you might need to replace them a little sooner than 1 month. More frequent use simply means that the cushions will begin to break down a bit sooner and may rip or tear more easily, or may not provide the same suction or cushiony feel.
On the other hand, if you pump to supplement, to build up a small stash just in case, or to increase your supply, and not all of the time, you might be able to use your cushions a little bit longer than one month.
Things to look for:
Ultimately, you’ll feel the difference and know when it’s time to replace the cushions (just like you’ll know when it’s time to replace your contact lenses), but there are some visible signs as well. When cushions start to wear, they may develop thin spots which you can both feel and see (light might shine through the cushions in these thinner spots). Small tears might also begin to develop.
The cushions become less sticky or tacky with repeated use. This tackiness is designed to help the cushions adhere to both your flange to that they stay in place, and to your skin to reduce the friction between your skin and the hard plastic of the flange. For more on why the cushions are sticky you can check out this post.
For your convenience
Replacing your cushions might sound like extra work, but it doesn’t have to be! You work hard Mama. Really hard. Pumping is work. Then there’s the cleaning and prepping of your pump parts, packing them so that you always have them, dating and rotating your freezer stash, etc. We don’t want replacing your cushions to be one more thing you have to remember. Now you can choose a VIP subscription option that delivers the cushions to your door every month, at a lower cost per pair.