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Old 10-10-2009, 12:44 AM   #1
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Trouble emptying with pump

I am so frustrated!! My DD (10 weeks old) has a high palate, which makes nursing really hard for her. She wasn't gaining fast tnough, so the LC and DR had me pump out the hind milk after each nursing to feed her. This was working really well until this past Monday - suddenly I feel like the pump isn't emptying me anymore and my supply is decreasing. I can't understand what happened and have had to add some formula to her bottles recently. I'm taking Mothers Milk Plus already and started eating oatmeal - I drink plenty of water. Any tips on getting the last bits out? I have a Medela Pump in Style (not the advanced, the original). I had been using a rented Symphony, but couldn't afford to keep renting. I switched about two weeks ago but just noticed the problem about five days ago. Nursing has been SO frustrating!! Help!!
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:45 AM   #2
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Re: Trouble emptying with pump

I don't mean to hijack, but how do you know you're not emptying when you pump? The reason I ask is because I don't know if I have the same issue. I pump until there's next to nothing coming out, usually after 10-15 minutes per side, but if I wait a few minutes then start pumping again I can get a good 1-2 minutes worth of milk again. Shouldn't it take longer to start making more milk?

Anyway, *hugs* mama, I know how frusterating having to pump is. I hope you can figure this out!
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Old 10-10-2009, 08:22 PM   #3
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Re: Trouble emptying with pump

I'm pretty sure I'm not emptying b/c I pump until nothing comes out (+ a few minutes), but then I'm still able to express more milk by hand. Seems like that shouldn't happen - not positive, though.
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Old 10-11-2009, 12:53 PM   #4
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Re: Trouble emptying with pump

You are continuously producing milk. You will NEVER be able to completely empty the breast. There is a lot of good info on kellymom.com about pumping; I highly suggest taking a look around.

Try doing some compression while you are pumping; that seems to really help me a lot once I get towards the end...

Good luck, and stay strong!! You are doing wonderfully!
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