Cant pump if I pump one breast at a time

User - posted on 05/28/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hello,

My baby is 9 months old now and she was EBF until 6 months. I work full time and I pump during the day to provide for her the next day. However, sometimes I want to pump just one breast to be able to feed her from the other when I get home - but I cannot do it. I sit there pumping for 20-25 mins and I get nothing. Then I start pumping both breasts together and I get milk.

Is there a way I can pump one breast at a time?

Thanks
Neelima

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Melissa - posted on 10/08/2011

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I've found the only way I can really get my milk out during pumping is to do manual stimulation while pumping. Have you tried that?

Lise - posted on 05/31/2011

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make sure your doc is using the WHO chart for breastfed babies. it's super common for bf babies to gain fast and then taper off. my dd was 18.6 at 6 months and barely 20 at a year. and at 19 months she's 23.



the breast is a factory, not a warehouse. you don't store milk in your breasts; you produce milk there. the emptier your breast, the more milk you make. even after i pump, my dd still gets milk out - even 5 minutes after a pump.

User - posted on 05/31/2011

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Thanks for your replies - I also want to pump one side sometimes to mix milk with her cereals and still be able to feed her from the other side in a little bit.

Also, she is not gaining a lot of weight (according to the charts at my doctors she is in the 5 percentile for the weight) - so I dont want to pump 30 mins before I feed her - so she has plenty to drink when I get home.

Lise - posted on 05/28/2011

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i pump while i drive home and still nurse my dd as soon as i get home. you should be fine to do so.

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How much time is there between you pumping the last time and getting home to your daughter? I would assume you'd probably be fine nursing again. Alternatively, could you maybe stop pumping half way through? I don't actually know if this is good advice so don't take my word for it. I pumped at work as well (part-time though) and even those days where I was a little late, I still was well able to nurse her on arrival home.

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