Problem with pumping

Crystal - posted on 02/19/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I hope someone can help me. I have a problem getting enough milk while pumping at work. Now, when I pump on my one side, nothing comes out when I pump. My breast is full, I can feel it, but after 15 minutes of pumping, very little has come out. I use an electric pump (medela) and it works perfectly fine on the other side. I have used warm compresses and this doesn't help either.



Has anyone else experienced this problem, and how did you get it fixed?



Thanks.

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Johanna - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi Crystal.



I'm using hand pump. During my first days, I had trouble with full breast too, it really hurts, but I only get less than 1 oz pumping both breast. Kinda frustrating, but I kept trying. I tried giving warm compresses and cold compresses alternatively then massaging both breasts especially on the lumps (with extra power) from outer to center part. After that, the milk flow is getting better.



I personally think that using my hands is better. Good Luck ^^

Sadika - posted on 02/25/2009

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I agree with the above post!  I also experienced that pumping both breasts at the same time is better!  When the milk "let down" happens it happens for both breasts and it may help to pump both breasts at the same time!  I used a dual hospital grade pump and no othe pump worked!  It was a medela and you can rent them!  I was able to pump out 8 oz out of one and 10 0z out of other breast!  One breast always makes less milk!  And don't even give up and keep pumping for at least 15 minutes!  You can also stimulate the producing breast to make more by pumping for 10 minutes after the milk has stoped coming out!  Next time you will have more out of that breast!

Liz - posted on 02/24/2009

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I pumped a full supply while at work for nine months, so I experienced many possible problems. I also used the medela dual electric pump. I rarely gave up on my "bad" side because I was worried I would stop producing (no demand, no supply!).



I saw someone mention earlier the hand pump, and yes that works well if the electric pump isn't working, but it's slow, and your hand that is pumping goes numb! Sometimes varying the speed of the pump can help as well. (if you think about it, what baby is a regular as a machine!)



If you have hard lumps, then it sounds like clogged ducts. In addition to the warm compresses mentioned by others, I also used very firm massage. I frequently did this even before the lumps became painful. It helped get my "bad" side flowing. Also, I found it vital to have a huge glass a water. I found that the more I drank while pumping, the more I produced.



If it's clogged ducts, you really need to make sure to unclog them. If you can't get it resolved alone, please contact someone. I've read they can lead to infections. Good luck!

Nomi - posted on 02/19/2009

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at my moms group some suggested that a hand pump sometimes works better than the electric if having problems with one breast.

Carmen - posted on 02/19/2009

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Hi Crystal, I have experienced the same before, sometimes i even gave up pumping that side because i was in a hurry and just packed up with that 1 oz out and a full breast. However, I do realize that if I restart the pumping routine with the stimulation, relax myself and read some baby magazines, keep pumping for another 10 min, eventually there comes another 3 oz or so. Maybe you can try the same, hope it'll work for you as well.

Stella - posted on 02/19/2009

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I had this problem when I first started pumping, too.  It sounds like a clogged duct.  Do you feel any lumps? You may want to have LO nurse on it, continue with warm compresses, and try hot showers and massage.  www.kellymom.com provides good information on clogged ducts.  GL!

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