Don't know what I'm doing wrong

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Don't know what I'm doing wrong

Can somebody please help me? I don't know what I am doing wrong here. When I pump not much goes into the bottle. So I massage the way the LC told me to. Still not much. However when I use my hand, milk is squirting and dripping everywhere. It's a dual pump and I'm holding it the way I was shown and massaging. What am I doing wrong?:confused:

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I don't know. Some people don't respond well to the pump. For me, if I felt stressed out while pumping I had a much smaller output, I had to trick myself into relaxing. If hand expressing is working well for you, you can try that more often.

Are you able to put her to the breast at all? I know that the baby is much better at stimulating milk production than the pump. Hopefully if you call the LC she can give you some advice over the phone.

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The shields (the part that contacts your breast) come in different sizes. Perhaps changing the size will help.

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"mommycarrie" wrote:

I don't know. Some people don't respond well to the pump. For me, if I felt stressed out while pumping I had a much smaller output, I had to trick myself into relaxing. If hand expressing is working well for you, you can try that more often.

Are you able to put her to the breast at all? I know that the baby is much better at stimulating milk production than the pump. Hopefully if you call the LC she can give you some advice over the phone.

I was able to but after the traumatic encounter with the LC(long story), she starts to scream when I put her in the position to nurse. But I'm going to try to do a nurse in this weekend. Hopefully things will change.

"TiggersMommy" wrote:

The shields (the part that contacts your breast) come in different sizes. Perhaps changing the size will help.

I wasn't aware of that. Thanks for that info.

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if putting her in the position to nurse is stressing her out, have you tried "laid back nursing" aka biological nursing position? check out this site http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/index.html

i agree that some people (and lots of people if stressed) don't respond to the pump as well. if a different size shield doesn't work for you, maybe stick with hand expressing.

good luck!!!

eta: here is another link about it (and it links back to this page i posted up at the top of my post) http://www.wplca.net/apps/blog/show/7319765-june-martha-peelor-laid-back-nursing

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"LMCH" wrote:

if putting her in the position to nurse is stressing her out, have you tried "laid back nursing" aka biological nursing position? check out this site http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/index.html

i agree that some people (and lots of people if stressed) don't respond to the pump as well. if a different size shield doesn't work for you, maybe stick with hand expressing.

good luck!!!

eta: here is another link about it (and it links back to this page i posted up at the top of my post) http://www.wplca.net/apps/blog/show/7319765-june-martha-peelor-laid-back-nursing

I am definitely going to try that this weekend. She loves to lay on me that way in bed.

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What kind of pump are you using and how old is it? did you get it new or used?

also, If you are getting a good amount by hand you can always use hand expression as a way to do it. With my last lo I ended up actually hand expressing more often than pumping because i would get almost double the amount.

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How did Lauen's suggestion work for you?

Also stress over pumping can prevent a good let down response. Try to have one of your baby's personal items with you and smell it with your eyes closed - your mind will flood with thoughts of your baby and start to relax you.

I also found having water with me and taking sips of water helped me relax.

You might also want to try pumping one side at a time first until you get the hang of it and are feeling more relaxed and comfortable with it. Then move on to double pumping.

Of course if you can get baby to breast that is best.

Please post an update on how things went this passed weekend - I'd love to hear if you were able to get your little sweetie to nurse!

GL to you!!

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"Cherrykitten" wrote:

What kind of pump are you using and how old is it? did you get it new or used?

also, If you are getting a good amount by hand you can always use hand expression as a way to do it. With my last lo I ended up actually hand expressing more often than pumping because i would get almost double the amount.

I have a Medela Symphony that I am renting from the hospital.

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"carg0612" wrote:

How did Lauen's suggestion work for you?

Also stress over pumping can prevent a good let down response. Try to have one of your baby's personal items with you and smell it with your eyes closed - your mind will flood with thoughts of your baby and start to relax you.

I also found having water with me and taking sips of water helped me relax.

You might also want to try pumping one side at a time first until you get the hang of it and are feeling more relaxed and comfortable with it. Then move on to double pumping.

Of course if you can get baby to breast that is best.

Please post an update on how things went this passed weekend - I'd love to hear if you were able to get your little sweetie to nurse!

GL to you!!

I didn't have a chance to do the nurse because she was sick. So I will have to do it this weekend. I will definitely try to pump one side at a time. Also I'm going to get my hubby to be more involved. He has finally gotten over his cold. So that should help alot.