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I'm working 4 days a week to finish out the school year. I'm pumping on my lunch break and after I get home--it's just easier. THe thing is, I don't pump what she takes. I have a freezer stash, but I'm afraid it's going to run out and then what will I do?! (it only has to last till may 18th.) I know I make enough, and she can get on and nurse right after I pump so I know it's not all gone. I also have experimented and I can easily squirt milk after I've not been pumping anything out on the pump for a few minutes and I shut it off.<br><br>
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Power pumping: Pump for a set amount of time, lets say 10min then stop for say 10 mins and the start up again. that should induce another letdown and hence drain your breast further. You can do this on and off all day or every few hrs. Just find the best cycle for your body; 10on/10off/10on or any other pattern, just watch your body to be the most efficient.<br><br>
Also when it seems like their is just no more milk to be had pumping increase the pumping speed to simulate the baby sucking faster, this could induce another letdown. Once you do letdown decrease the speed and increase the suction.<br><br>
Relax, imagine the milk flowing but don't obsess. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Also add breast compressions, I basically squease my milk out. Just feel for the milk ducts and compress the breast, don't slide your hand toward the nipple just squease and roll your fingers, it will save your skin from friction burns. :-(<br><br>
Happy pumping <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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pump on one side while your baby nurses on the other. When I did this I was AMAZED at how much stronger my let down was and how much more I pumped.
 

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I do some massage already...I might have to try the nurse one side pump the other trick before Monday. I just think she might kick the pump <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I'll probably try it in the morning when there is more milk.<br><br>
anyone think I should see if I can add 5 mins to my afternoon break by taking a shorter one in the AM and try to pump then?? I don't know seems like maybe it would help?? and then I could probably easily skip doing it at home unless i am like exceptionally productive that day or something
 
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