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I know there's a pumping board, but it's not very active so I'm hoping I'll get some responses here. I did a search but didn't come up with anything useful.
With #1 I breastfed exclusively for 6 months and weaned at just over a year. Breastfeeding was a huge success, but pumping just didn't seem to work too well for me. I had several friends say they had the best luck with pumping after a feeding. I tried this regularly, but never got more than a few drops. What am I missing? Should I have started right after birth? Is this even a good option?
I also wonder about hindmilk when pumping after a feeding. If I did have success with this method, wouldn't the hindmilk mostly be in the expressed milk and not in what baby nursed?
I find i had the most success pumping WHILE nursing, nursing on one side, pumping on the other. I was one of those lucky ones who just did not respond to the pump very well. The pump is not efficient like a baby, so your pumping output is not very indicative of your supply.
I responded ok to the pump with my daughter, but rarely pump now for my son, and when I do I don't get much. So I think sometimes you need to "get used to" the pump a bit to respond to it. I never got the hang of pumping while nursing, but when I was on leave with DD I'd pump daily when she was down for a morning nap. I think doing it around the same time every day trains your body to respond to the pump as well as teaches it to make more milk around that time.
It can depend on many things. I would make sure you have a good pump and use the proper sized flanges. Also, what are your goals for pumping? Are you trying for a small stash for occasional use or will your be returning to work or school?