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Pumping and milk getting everywhere!

post #1 of 5
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So, I had to be apart from my 5 month old for 6 hours today... it was longer than expected and I didn't have my pump with me.  So, when I got home and started pumping my breasts were seriously engorged!  Once I relaxed enough for milk to flow I noticed it was backing up all over the place.  Leaking out the shields onto my breasts.  I kept fixing my angle and when the angle was perfect the milk went into the tube-- but my breasts were still wet with milk.  

 

Anyone know what went wrong?  Are the shields too large?  Too small?  Was my angle just bad because I was nursing the babe from one breast while pumping the other?  I feel like I'm covered in milk right now and my breasts don't feel totally empty.  I just gave up and focused only on nursing my babe since I was missing her. 

post #2 of 5
Sounds like you just had the angle too steep for the milk to flow down fast enough. Maybe you could just hand express into a big bowl or something if you get that engorged again to catch everything more easily?
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the idea.  I was worried that maybe the pump wasn't going to work right since I hadn't been using it much with this babe.  Fortunately, I pumped a few other times since then and it's been fine.  Must have just been the angle. 

post #4 of 5
I think it was the angle and the long time away.
post #5 of 5

Sounds like you need larger flanges. When I used ones that were too small, the milk was coming out all over the place.
 

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