- 2 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I’ve been back at work for one week and let me just say…I HATE HATE HATE pumping at work. In fact, I hate pumping in general. I never knew how hard pumping was before I had to do it! I’ve had such an easy time BF that it makes me hate pumping even more.
Can any experienced pumpers give me some guidance on what they think?
I’m having so many problems trying to get my milk to come out while pumping at work. I pump at 9:30am, 12:30pm, and 3pm every day, baby gets 3 bottles during the day right now (she is 2 months, doing about 3.5oz-4oz per feed). I’m lucky to get anything above 3 oz while pumping at work, sometimes I get 1 oz. I know there is milk in there, I can feel it. I can hand express spray after spray after spray of breastmilk (even at the “end” of my session) but then I can barely get any out of the pump.
I’ve tried looking at photos/video, relaxing, breast massage but sometimes none of that works. Out of all of it, massage and relaxation help the most. I already take fenugreek and eat oatmeal for breakfast but I know that I’m making enough milk, I just can’t get it out. I have some different flanges so I’ve tried out like 3 different sizes but nothing has made that big of a difference. I drink tons of water (just to thirst, but I know I’m not dehydrated).
The pump I have is the Ameda Purely Yours (what my insurance gave me) and I think that one side needs a lot more suction than the other. So I’m guessing this would be part of the problem…but how do you do both sides at once when one side requires a lot less suction than the other? This pump also only has 2 dials, suction strength and speed. Not like the Medela PISA that has a letdown button. Anyone with the PY have any tips on doing the settings? Does my pump just suck? I wish I could test drive some other pumps to see if any would work better.
Part of me wants to throw this pump into a wall and try the PISA because I wonder if it’s better but I’m not sure if it would solve anything to get a different pump. I pump at night on one side while BFing on the other (the only time I actually like pumping) and I’ll get 6-8oz from two sessions (one breast only). So it doesn’t seem to be a problem at night. So I have to figure it’s not the pump but the fact that I just can’t get a good letdown without my baby present and that my breasts like different suction levels.
Right now the only reason I can give her only breastmilk during the day is because I can get a decent amount out at night, but I’m worried she’ll start eating more and I won’t be able to keep up. Or it’ll be a disaster once she stops waking up at night to eat because that’s how I get the most milk out and I need her on one side to do it.
Anyone have any advice? Or should I just let go of it and not worry? Maybe this is all completely normal for pumping. Of course I know that no pump is as good as getting milk out as baby…it’s just soo frustrating to walk around feeling “full” all day and wasting 1.5 hours at work just to get 6-8 oz or so. I don’t want to give her formula even though I know there are worse things.
Anything new I should try?