How to use the Small and X-Small Silicone flanges

Note: If you do not have elastic nipples, the silicone flanges can be used with plenty of lubricant. The instructions below regarding lubricant are specific for moms with elastic nipples.
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How to use the Medium, Large, and X-Large hard poly flanges

PumpinPal instructions
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Soaps and Moisturizers – What to use – What to avoid

When you first use PumpinPal silicone flanges, we recommend first trying them without any kind of lubricants on the flanges or your breasts. If you do want to use lubricant after trying without, be sure to use plenty. Many dish and body soaps contain “hidden” moisturizers and lubricants that can negatively affect the silicone’s ability to hold back the elastic skin.  The following is a list of soaps to use, and to avoid.

Dish Soaps


  • Dawn Ultra (original)
  • Dawn Powerwash
  • Palmolive (original)
  • Ajax (original)
  • Walmart Great Value (original)
  • Charcoal soaps (without added moisturization)

Lubricating film (avoid):

  • Dapple
  • Dawn Ultra Antibacterial
  • Dawn Antibacterial
  • Dawn Oxi
  • Seventh Generation
  • Member’s Mark Ultimate Clean
  • Mrs. Meyer’s
  • Ecover
  • Kirkland Ultra Shine
  • Honest
  • Method
  • Green Works
  • Ecos
  • Dr. Bronner’s
  • Castile
  • Any antibacterial
  • Any “shine”
  • Any oxy/oxi

Nipple/Areola Shower Soap


  • Neutrogena facial bar (original)
  • Ivory bar (original)
  • Dial bar (original)
  • Irish Spring (original)
  • Safeguard
  • Lever 2000

Moisturizing (avoid):

  • Dove (all types)
  • Aveeno
  • Nivea
  • Olay
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Dr. Bronner’s
  • Castile soaps
  • Spectro gel cleanser
  • Dial liquid
  • All liquid body soaps
  • Bar soaps labeled as “moisturizing”, “nourishing”, “hydrating”, “soothing”

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