At the moment I am exclusively pumping to feed Henry and every couple days I will actually nurse him. And while I was producing just enough milk for him with no extra, it seems like after I am done pumping my boobs are never empty and that there is more milk that I could be pumping. The boy just started eating more and I just don’t think I can keep up with what he needs, but I am frustrated because I know more milk is in there.
Now I know that you will never be able to pump out milk as well as what your baby can nurse, but because I am working and because we are still having issues with nursing is just not an option unless he is cranky and wants it. So I need to figure out how to get all this milk out of my boobs without his help.
I have tried heat (which helps a little, but not completely and is not convenient at work), I have tried pumping twice as long and/or pumping more frequently (which is hard to do all the evenings I am home alone with Henry), I have tried compressions, I have tried speeding up and slowing down the cycles and yet I still feel like there is milk in there!
I am not sure if it is my pump as I got the pump from a friend (get your panties out of a bind; I bought all new parts for it) and it is the Ameda Purely Yours pump. Not sure if the pump is just worn down and therefore not pumping efficiently…it is ridiculously loud and makes strange noises but the suctions seems good.
Is it my settings? What settings do you keep yours on if you are double pumping? I have the suction fairly high because I double pump and the cycles just under halfway. (If that makes sense) I don’t mess with the cylces once I start pumping so that is why I keep it at a medium pace.
I will let the pump do its thang, would have squeezed my boobs while pumping and will not get a drop of milk for 5 minutes and then I take the pump off and manually express milk, you know like you would do to Old Bessy, and I get milk. Uh, ?????
I have been trying to increase my supply, but it doesn’t matter much when I can’t get all the milk out anyways. I just ALWAYS feel full…but not hard full where I am leaking or like I do in the morning, just heavy.
And on top of that I may have a clogged milk duct. I am not sure if it is a cyst that is causing the clog (I have had a cyst in the same boob before and it feels very similar) or if it is just a badly clogged duct that even if I massage and add heat to won’t come out. When I nurse my boobs feel great and the clog/cyst does go down to a marble size, but typically it pretty huge.
So, to all those moms who also pump….please give me some suggestions!
Is there something I can do to help? Do I need a new pump? (which I would like to avoid is possible because I am only pumping a few more months) Should a readjust my settings? Is there a better technique I just don’t know of?!?! Is my supply just really that low and that is why I am not get more milk out?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated by me, Henry and my boobies.