Something else to keep in mind is to check you have the right sized flanges (sp?) (the part that cups your breast to express, as this can have a big effect on how much and how quickly you can pump.
Otherwise I found massaging and squeezing my breast whilst pumping helped a lot, similar to how I would if I was hand expressing.
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12-01-2012 22:49 #11
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I used to find i'd be pumping for a minute and all of a sudden get the letdown feeling and all of a sudden the bottle would be full. It would only happen if one boob was full cos baby didn't feed off that one 3 hours prior etc
12-01-2012 23:26 #13
I could usually only express about 15-20 ml at a time, I never had a problem with supply but it seems that my body only made enough milk as my DS needed as he thrived but I just couldn't ever produce much more. I used to be so jealous of those who had loads and loads of milk who could express off a whole bottle in one go! But meh, everyone's different.
I would just express these small amounts when I could and found that over a course of a few days I'd have enough for a full feed. I had all of these plans to have a freezer full of EBM but in the end I just had to plan ahead and express for a few days beforehand if I was planning on being away from DS for a feed.
Looking at a photo of DS never worked for me. This sounds a tad weird (and of course there is nothing sexual about BFing but out of context this sounds a little... off) but to get letdown I would have to really concentrate and visualise the feeling of DS' mouth on my nipple - the warmth of his mouth, the sounds he made, etc. If I was able to get letdown quite early in the expressing I often got a much better amount out, although it was never more than 30ml at most.
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Grumpy bumpy that doesn't sound weird.
I think since u gave birth not long ago give yourself some time for it to happen. I don't think I started pumping for a few weeks. Of course it's good to have a supply in the freezer for when you want to go out etc but there's no rush cos I think it's not good to introduce bottle until a little later anyway (if u want to exclusively breastfeed)
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