Having troubles emptying...help!

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Registered: 03-14-2010
Having troubles emptying...help!
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Wed, 06-30-2010 - 11:53am
Hello everyone! I ran into a problem recently, that I can't seem to resolve. I just can't empty my left breast! It's always been producing less milk then the right one. But fot the last week I'm having a real problem. By the time my right breast is empty (that's 40 min pumping) my left one is not even half way there! It's especially noticeable when I'm on the fuller side, like first morning pump or if going a bit longer between pumps. At first I thought it was the pump issue ( I just started using the medela Freestyle when on the go). But it does the same with my home pump as well. So I can fully empty may be every other time, when not too full, using a lot of compressions and hand expressing at the end. But it's getting annoying. I don't think I have a clog there since the breast doesn't hurt. But it still feels full even after 50 min of pumping and I'm able to hand express yet another once. What could it be? Did anyone have anything like that? What could I do to resolve it? Please, I need some suggestions...
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Registered: 04-17-2010
Thu, 07-01-2010 - 12:32pm

I am having *exactly* this problem (only on the right). Man, is it annoying, and I'm worried that it's going to affect my supply because I give up while my breast still feels full.

So I massage a lot while I pump. I'll take a break for a minute or so, refill my drink, then try again. Sometimes I'll just let the pump go for a while until I "hit a vein."

Do you pump both breasts at once? I usually pump left then right. I think I'll try reversing the order to see if that helps. I'm speculating (and this may be totally off base) that I have let down while I pump Lefty, but then Righty has to hang out for 40 minutes after that before getting the pump - and this might be what's affecting her ability to empty.

Wow, I just named my breasts. "Righty" and "Lefty" - really going out on a limb there.

Good luck!

- mack6697
- mack6697
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Registered: 03-14-2010
Thu, 07-01-2010 - 4:49pm
I like how you named your girls, lol:) Well, I have a double pump, so they get pumped at the same time. That's why I don't understand what the problem is. So sometimes what I have to do now is continue pumping my left one for like 10 more min after the right one is already done. And even then it still is not empty...it shouldn't really take the whole hour to empty:((( And I can tell it's already affecting my supply. I pump at least 2 oz less each time from both breasts now.
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Registered: 05-19-2010
Sat, 07-31-2010 - 4:02pm
it is just a suggestion but have you tried heat, a hot rag or the heat from your hand just place your hand on the part of your breast