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June 27th, 2013, 05:22 PM
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Even after I pump for 15 or 20 minutes my boobs always feel heavy. They never feel like they empty.
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June 27th, 2013, 06:39 PM
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How many ounces are you able to pump out of each side?
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June 27th, 2013, 08:57 PM
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oh probably around 2 sometimes more sometimes less

maybe more like 1 1/2
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June 27th, 2013, 10:18 PM
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Do you feel the let down? With a 15-20 minute pumping session I normally feel two let downs like a big rush of milk and I notice the few minutes after that is when my bottles really start to fill.

I also know that unless I am completely calm ie no crying baby, no stressful distractions (ie yelling at my toddler) I will get hardly any milk. But if I am able to be calm - the milk just flows.
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June 28th, 2013, 08:12 AM
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Maybe try massaging them while you are feeding or pumping. That helps me get more out.
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June 28th, 2013, 10:01 AM
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Mine also feel heavy all the time, but after feeding or pumping, they don't feel hard like they do when they're full. They may feel heavy just bc they're so much bigger. I am normally a 34B and now I am a 36D. Did your boobs get a lot bigger? Just a theory, but I think that's why mine feel heavy all the time.
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June 28th, 2013, 10:04 AM
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And remember that your boobs are never actually empty. They will always produce if they are being stimulated by a baby or pump.
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June 28th, 2013, 09:04 PM
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Do you feel the let down? With a 15-20 minute pumping session I normally feel two let downs like a big rush of milk and I notice the few minutes after that is when my bottles really start to fill.

I also know that unless I am completely calm ie no crying baby, no stressful distractions (ie yelling at my toddler) I will get hardly any milk. But if I am able to be calm - the milk just flows.
A few times i fell asleep while pumping and when DH woke me up I was shocked to see that I had 6 ounces. I get record lows when I'm trying to calm down an upset toddler, pump, and feed a hungry baby at the same time. Stress/calmness definitely affect how much you pump.

When I pumped for Alex a year or so ago breast compressions/massages never worked for me, but now they do. Try to use your thumbs and massage in a circular motion and move on down towards your nipples. When you feel a bump/lump just stay there and push on it a bit. After a bit it will "deflate".
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