Lisa - posted on 02/12/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )
I am exclusively breastfeeding my 5 week old daughter. I bought a Medela hand pump and have been trying to pump, but I can't seem to get more than an ounce out at a time. It takes about 15 mins to get that one ounce and no matter how long i keep pumping for i can't get any more milk out.
My daughter is still eating for 45 mins at a time and during the day about every hour-2hours apart. she will only eat from one breast at a time, if i try to switch her she will scream and not latch on to the other breast. so i just let her have her feed off the one and she falls off and is happy when shes done. the last feed at night she eats for an hour straight then sleeps for 5-6 hours without waking up to eat again. so im thinking if shes sleeping for that long i don't think its a lack of milk or else she would wake up sooner hungry. and when she does wake up after those 5-6 hours, shes not even crying, just making noise. so i dont understand why i cant get more than an ounce of milk out at a time while im pumping! does anyone know why this is and what i can do to help pump more at a time?