I breastfeed my 6 month old exclusivley and I am trying to pump.

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I am trying to pump some milk so I can leave my 6 month old daughter with my mom once in a while. I have been trying to pump for the last week and I can only get a little milk to come out. I know my daughter is satisfied and that I am still producing enough for her. I try pumping after she eats to get the excess out, but no luck only drops. Can anyone offer me some advice on how to get more milk out. Could it be my pump not working right? HELP!


Chelseaszidik - posted on 03/03/2009




Pump 1 hour or 1/2 hours after she eats and do it at the same time everday.  Before you begin message your breasts and while your pumping think about your daugher nursing.  Getting only 1 oz. is normal if she still feeds all day.


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Sara - posted on 03/03/2009




One way to figure out if it's your pump is to pump on one side when your infant is nursing on the other side. When you have your let down, you should definitely get more than a few drops! If you still don't get much, then the next thing I'd try is to evaluate the breast shield size for your pump compared with your breast size.

I'm a DD right now. I use a Medela Pump-In-Style, which comes with a 24mm breast shield. When I tried a larger breast shield (I'm using a XL- 30 mm), it made the difference between getting less than an ounce to getting 3-5 ounces when I'm full. What a relief that was!

Heather - posted on 03/03/2009




you should be able to get something out...i pump after the first morning feeding, i'm always really full in the a.m. After your little one goes down for the night, try pumping. eventually your body will make more milk, the more you feed or pump. hopefully that helped!

Alissa - posted on 03/03/2009




My only suggestion would be to try to pump just before a typical feeding and then have someone give your daughter the bottle of milk you just pumped. You will know that your breasts are full and will most likely feel the let down to know the pump is working. It takes practice and relaxation . . . so the more stressed you get about it, the harder it will be. Hope that helps a little . . . Good luck!

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