Please Help Me. Pumping Problem

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Registered: 09-09-2011
Please Help Me. Pumping Problem
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Thu, 12-29-2011 - 2:55pm

Please help me or offer an opinion . I pump three to four times at work and typically get 4 ounces a session. I only pump 5 days a week. I pumped on Monday and only got 2 ounces at a time which was a shock. I thought my pump was going. I called medela and they thought the motor sounded off so they replaced the pump. I got the pump today and I'm still not getting a good output. Once I start pumping with the second expression, the motor sounds off but when I remove the breastshield etc and let the pump motor go on its own it sounds fine. I called medela customer and they said that maybe I need a different shield. I was using 24 MM and the a 27MM still nothing. They are sending me a new pump and 21MM. I have fairly large breasts and an average size nipple size, could it be the breastshield???? They said that your nipples change overtime from pumping, I dont know how true this is but that is what the rep at medela said. I'm at a loss and cant risk my supply tanking. Its def not the membranes, tubing or valves. It sounds like it could be the flange since im not getting as much milk. I def dont have supply problem what Ican tell, LO is eating and having normal wet and poopy diapers.

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Thu, 12-29-2011 - 9:34pm

It definitely could be shield size.

 


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Registered: 09-21-2011
Fri, 12-30-2011 - 10:53am
You don't say how old your baby it. It could be that your supply is regulating and this is totally normal.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-09-2011
Fri, 12-30-2011 - 11:04am

My apologies.

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Registered: 04-21-2004
Fri, 12-30-2011 - 6:44pm
It could definitely be flanges! My nipples are different sizes but I used to wear 24mm on my right and 27 on my left. Recently my output decreased and my nipples were rubbing the sides of the tunnels, so I went up a size for each nipple and now I'm getting more milk again.

Another question...do your nipples hurt? If you have the suction up too high, you might not letdown as readily and you would get less milk that way. I start at the absolute lowest suction setting and increase to the highest that is comfortable while I'm pumping.
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Registered: 09-21-2011
Sat, 12-31-2011 - 10:02am
Could be your supply regulating a little later than many other women's did. The time frame I have heard over and over is 4.5-6 months, but it could be a little later for you. If you haven't had a volume reduction before now, that would be my guess. Everyone reaches a point--and it is totally normal--where the milk composition changes and adapts. The volume decreases and the nutrients get more concentrated. You don't have to pump more volume to meet your child's nutritional needs. You can actually feed a lower volume and still do just fine. For me, when I reached this point at around 5.5 months, we reduced DS's bottles by about 1/2 an ounce each one and then eventually another 1/2 an ounce less when I regulated again later as he started solids and it was fine.

Or could you be getting your period again? My supply drops every month when I get mine. Now that i'm used to it, it's not so startling. I take extra fenugreek and drink more water and use a little of the frozen stash. And I guess extra calcium helps too. I haven't tried this yet, but I'm going to. Can't hurt right?
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Registered: 09-09-2011
Sat, 12-31-2011 - 11:17am

That definitely makes sense to me.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-21-2011
Mon, 01-02-2012 - 8:52pm

The stash is there to be used.