I have been working half days so far but will start full days next week. I was experiencing some discomfort due to engorgement so I went ahead and bought a cheapo single electric pump just to relieve the discomfort. I figured any milk I expressed would be a bonus to send to daycare for DS, or something.
I've used it twice so far. First time at work yesterday, around 11am. It had been 4 hours since DS nursed. I got .25 oz total, from both sides, after pumping for 20 min. I figured since I'd been going through the day without nursing for a week my boobs just weren't producing at that time of day.
Today we went to the beach and a local aquarium and DS didn't ask to nurse all day and fell asleep on the way home. It's been 12 hrs since I nursed! I was about to go to sleep but realized I was a little uncomfortable so I decided to try pumping again since DS might sleep for several more hours. I got another stinking 1/4 of an ounce after over 20 min pumping! After 12 hours of no nursing!
I never responded well even to the Ameda Purely Yours I was using when DS1 was a baby. During a full day at work I was lucky to pump 8 ounces over 3 pumping sessions. But this is ridiculous. It did relieve the engorgement, but I guess I won't be sending any milk to daycare! :
I know DS gets a fair bit of milk. I hear him gulping, I get a decent letdown, and he says there's a lot of milk. So why can't I pump??
I just do not let down for the pump after a certain point, although I can hand express a little if engorged.
and I know DS2 is getting plenty of the good stuff, the pump just will not get it out.
Have you tried rubbing your breasts and nipples a bit before pumping?
I used to pump practically nothing – like a few drops – despite using a hospital grade pump after every feed for my son's first five months to try to boost my low supply.
My son is now a year old and I'm going back to work so I'm trying to use a PIS to make sure I'll be able to at least relieve engorgement at work. I've been able to pump 2 oz – which is a ton for me. I think the difference is that I followed a MDC mama's advice to stimulate my breasts first. I've also tried to think about my babe and imagine the feeling of letdown which seems to help bring it on.
Also, eating oatmeal and drinking gatorade helps me a lot.
The best pump for me? Avent Isis manual. I could use the hand pump action to mimic my baby's specific "start up suck" to get a letdown to happen. Avent was the only reason I was able to continue to BF after I went back to work PT, and with that pump I was able to pump enough that neither of my babies ever needed formula to supplement what I could pump.
But it was the more natural *timing* that was possible with the hand pump that was key for me.
savithny, 42 year old moderate mom to DS Primo (age 12) and DD Secunda (age 9).
When I pumped away from him (at school/work), I could usually get enough to tide him over, but not a lot, and I KNOW my milk was plentiful, it just wouldn't come out for the pump.
With DS2, I hand expressed instead, and wow, what a difference! When I was at work all day, i could easily get 3-4 ounces at a time (from both breasts, but still, much better). And when I tried the pump, it was the same as it had been with DS1.
I used the PIS and the newer medela model - -forgot what it's called -- the hands'-free one (which was very convenient but I got less milk than even with the PIS).
it didn't matter the pump (i tried avent isis, rented a medela symphony), didn't matter time of day, nothing. i would just save up all the 1/2 ounces i got in the freezer and celebrate when we finally made one bottle by having a date night with dh.
my fingers are crossed for better luck with this baby -- i am jealous of my friends who can just pump a bottle in one sitting.
WAHM to a toddler, preschooler, and kindergarten student.
Thanks for this thread, ladies! I have been having trouble with my pump while DD is away. Funny thing is it's only my left side. The right I can do no problem. I had tried the washcloth, warm shower, relax methods to no avail. I even have a video of me nursing my DD and that didn't work. I tried hand expressing after reading this thread and I got enough out to relieve myself. My hand started cramping up otherwise I'd have kept going. Thanks again, mamas!
Apparently I have a weak "let down" reflex.
I paid a small fortune for an electric pump, and it did nothing.
I borrowed two different pumps from friends... one could get the milk out, but it felt like it was ripping my nipple off and I was sore for 2 wks
Hand expressing took forever for me...
I struck gold with using a hand pump. I can completely control it so I don't get hurt, and I've started to "feel" when it's the right pressure, which for me changes from squeeze to squeeze.
I can get about 4oz in one session, but I've never tried for more as my DS refuses to take a bottle so everything I pump pretty much gets dumped.
I had the same issue - with my DS I used the PIS, but it didn't work for me this time around. I second the suggestion of the Avent Manual pump! I can pump 6 oz when away from the babies. I actually just picked up the Avent Isis IQ Duo yesterday - you actually pump it to stimulate let down and then set it to pump however you like (it has a memory feature) and then it does all the work. It also comes with the attachement to convert it to a manual pump as well.
I tried to pump and dump after a night out with DH. which did not work at all :) I didn't get diddily. So maybe it's not common to not be able to pump with the baby gets older?
I had similar experiences with difficulties pumping with a PYs also. I would adjust the knobs to mimic the 2 stage thing. I think this time I will see if I can get my hands on a symphony, as I exploded my PY and will need another one.
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