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Old 08-13-2011, 04:42 PM   #1
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You know how to use your pump! I have a fancy double electric hospital grade pump that seemed simple enough. I have been trying to build up a supply for my return to work next week, but it has been soooo frustrating and slow going. I can't get my milk to let down very easily except when I am nursing, so I tried pumping on one side while I nurse on the other. Still I would get maybe an ounce at a time, if that, and it takes forever. So anyway....since I am using only one side of a double pump, it never occured to me to cover the hole where the tubing goes in for the side I wasn't using. I accidentally covered it yesterday and holy suction!!!! Today I pumped out 3 oz in less than 10 minutes! I feel a bit stupid lol....but relieved it wasn't me that was the problem and happy to know how much easier future pumping sessions will be!

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I have been there before I'm sure many others have been as well. Thanks for the giggle and good luck with your future pumping!
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Old 08-13-2011, 05:20 PM   #3
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I'm on my second child and just Figured out to cover the other hole maybe 3 weeks ago.....I Felt like an idiot.....
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I'm also pumping with a double electric. I found this video about "hands on pumping" and have started implementing a few of the tips and it's definitely helped my output! I'm not so good at hand-expression but I do compression/massage while I'm pumping and at work yesterday, instead of getting less and less milk with each session (which happened before the video), I got the exact same amount every time! I was very happy to have found that video.
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Re: Pumping is much more efficient when....

I just started pumping again for baby #2 and had forgotten at first to cover the second hole. I thought my pump had broken at first.
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Ummmm...thanks for the tip LOL!! I'll have to try the next time I pump

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My pump even has a little tab that you turn and push in to cover it, I had just never noticed it before.
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I was nursing and letdown on the other side, my husband did the same thing trying to help me

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You're not the only one.
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I'm also pumping with a double electric. I found this video about "hands on pumping" and have started implementing a few of the tips and it's definitely helped my output! I'm not so good at hand-expression but I do compression/massage while I'm pumping and at work yesterday, instead of getting less and less milk with each session (which happened before the video), I got the exact same amount every time! I was very happy to have found that video.
Thanks for sharing!
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