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My milk has come in and my boobs are huge they hurt yet I can only get a tiny bit out when pumping. They are killing me. Do any of you ladies know how to help. I have a double electric pump and pumping at the same time but I'm not "letting down" when I pump.
I used to get really engorged with dd1 so I used to shower or put warm compresses right before pumping. It helped. You may also want tho make sure you have the right nipple shield size, makes it way easier to pump.
The right sized breast shield is important, also hand expressing a little beforehand can help, and if you are not relaxed it won't work no matter what. I know that's hard. I had some issues with pumping and was told after all the equipment was set up right that I was stressing and it was affecting my letdown.
I had a hard time pumping at the beginning too. Sometimes when your boobs are too engorged, it's impossible to pump any out. You can try standing in a hot shower and hand expressing a little to relieve some of the pressure and then pumping.
Also keep in mind, we were made to feed our babies and boobs are smart! They know the difference between a pump and a baby so sometimes it takes a few pumping sessions to get a let down and for your boobs to adjust to a pump.
I agree with everyone, try the hot shower, with the hot water running on your breasts. Also I know its hard, but if you are stressed your milk will not let down. So get comfy, try to relax and imagine your baby nursing at your breast. Also a photo of the baby may help to look at or like Ravado mentioned a video of her crying etc. Goodluck
I had a friend who made a video on her phone of her baby crying a little. She said watching it really helped. I do know my boobs let down at the sound if her cry so it might be worth a shot.
I was going to go in this morning and see about getting a video of her hoefully crying and then maybe nursing, hope that one of them will help. I felt so much better after nursing her last night. They told me that I cn bring my youngest with me so that I can nurse her at times during the day.
I agree with hot shower and also check the phalanges on your pump. The part that you actually touch to your boob. They make them in different sizes and most women start with the smaller one but actually most women work better with a bigger one. The smaller one sometimes blocks some of the milk.
I agree with everything else about the noises too.
I got it under control. Thank goodness and thank you all for the information. This was the first time that I have had a problem with this. River has a hard time eating off the breast but I still want to giver her breast milk. I took a hot shower, massaged my breasts, upped the size of the sheild, and had a video of her crying and they feel soooo much better now. I had square boobs when I took my bra off earlier they were that big and engorged. I am also getting a lot more milk out now.