I am having an awful time letting down for the pump. Last Thursday at work I had to pump on and off for 30 min before I got a letdown at all. I am not a big producer unfortunately but I do make enough when bf directly - baby (5 mo) poops like mad and has always stayed right on her weight curve - but I never feel the pump empties me even when I do get a letdown.
Thinking of baby doesn't work - I can have her right next to me while I'm pumping and still not let down. Breast massage/compression gets more to come out w/o letdown but doesn't trigger a letdown. Visualizing waterfalls is useless. Nurse one side/pump the other also not super helpful - for whatever oddball reason my boobs don't let down simultaneously (I can see it when double pumping, one side will be spurting and the other is getting nada).
Luckily I only WOH about 12 h/week (3 days 4 h, WAH the rest) but I still am having a milk crisis. I'll typically pump 6 oz while I'm gone and babe drinks 8 or more. I can't add sessions, I am already spending all my time in my office hooked up power pumping when I am not in a meeting. Freezer stash is almost gone and I am freaking out. :( I am trying to pump after feeds this weekend but it's not real effective if the pump doesn't get the milk out.
(Side vent, my DH is driving me crazy constantly wondering if babe is 'getting enough' and wanting to supplement her from the freezer stash, if I try to explain supply and demand one more time my head is going to explode /end vent)
Edited by mambera - 3/24/12 at 10:06pm