HELP!!!

Alicia - posted on 01/04/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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i have a 6 month old little girl and i have recently been thrown back into the office due to some stupid issues. my daughter is exclusively breastfed, and has only recently been ok with breastmilk in bottles. i've been trying to pump but i get no more than an ounce out of both breasts. i've tried a hand pump as well as my electronic pump. i'm not sure what to do. i know i have a good supply, but i just cant pump any. any suggestions?

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Amy - posted on 01/05/2011

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It just sounds like your body isn't reacting to the pump the best. What have you tried while pumping? Here are a few tips that I use:

-Rub a little olive oil on your nipple before pumping, it decreases the friction and can help with a letdown
-check what size horns your using, some women find the standard size is NOT correct for them. If I pump with a horn that isn't 27mm the I don't pump as much milk.
-Try distracting yourself. When pumping try playing on the computer, watching TV, or even talk or look at your child.
-Don't stress, the more you worry about it the harder it'll be.
-When pumping try breast compressions. Massage before and during. This is a BIG key in terms of getting milk out.

I hope something in that helps!

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Angela - posted on 08/22/2011

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It's not uncommon for moms to only get an ounce when they pump. It could be the pump, the hospital grade ones are the best. You could also try using herbs like Breastea from http://www.breastea.com to get your milk supply up. Make sure to pump every 2 to 3 hours when you're away from baby.

Lucie - posted on 07/20/2011

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That's a bummer. I've read several times that pumps don't get as much milk out as a human child can. And you need to pump when she'd normally feed so your supply doesn't dwindle too fast. But if you have to pump, look at what kind of pump you're using. You can buy the standard grade breast pumps at local stores, but the hospital grade pumps are better and more efficient, thus more expensive. Medela makes that blue machine that can retail for around $1000 that you can rent, but even then it's still expensive. If you can try one out I would suggest it, and you can find affordable ones on eBay (that in turn will have a good resale value), or you might look on craigslist. Other than that suggestion, can you slip baby girl into the office unseen for some boobie time? (ha ha) Also, make sure that you are drinking enough, before even trying supplements. I always drink one tall glass of liquid for each breast emptied. When I forget that I always make less.

Aimee - posted on 07/14/2011

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When you're pumping may also effect the amount you get out...I would try pumping in-between feedings, as well as right after feedings, or if you're baby girl doesn't eat from both breasts during the same feeding, try pumping one while she's eating from the other. Good luck!

Angela - posted on 04/18/2011

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This has happened to me in the past. Have you thought about using Mother's Milk Tea or Breastea? I have used both of them, although I prefer the Breastea best. You can get it from breastea.com. The Mother's Milk Tea would probably be best to make at the office though. I would just keep pumping every few hours at work with the electric pump then breastfeed when you are with baby. You probably just need a little boost with some herbs.

Alicia - posted on 01/05/2011

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usually i just try and relax while i pump. i don't do it at work as i am only there for 4 hours. thank you sooo much for the advice! i might need different horns too. i'll check into it. once again thank you!!

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