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trying to pump after a year of no pumping

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Hi all! Any ideas about how to get a good pumping session going? My 14 month old DD2 nurses
abt 4-5 times per day and is pretty much nightweaned, but I am looking to donate my breastmilk to a friend and am having poor output with the pump. I haven't pumped in a few years but never had a problem before. Then again I was working and there were totally different supply and demand issues going on. I decided tonight I'm just going to pump at 9-9:30every night and hope my breasts start cooperating! I feel like my letdown just isn't happening, even though it's a couple hours after her last feeding.
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I don't know if its possible with your little one, but would pumping one side while nursing work? Or else, my 10 month old will often get a quick drink (and then continue on with playing, etc) and then I begin pumping right after. These tricks work best for me when I am trying to increase my frozen stash a little. I also keep a hand pump clean and in the fridge for quick sessions during a nap, right after a shower or right away in the morning, its not a lot of output but it may help you get started! And, I think its great that you are helping your friend! Good luck!! :)
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