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I'm new to this board so I thought I'd say hi and introduce myself. My name is Jennifer and my first daughter was born on Nov 2.
I've made the decision that breastfeeding isn't going to work for my DD and I and instead I want to get to the point where she is exclusively fed breast milk that I pump for her. My milk supply has been very slow to come in and my doctor has had me on domperidone from the start to try and help up my supply.. I've only been able to pump a small amount so far so I'm really hoping with regular pumping I can increase my supply.
I have a Medela Pump in Style which seems to work pretty well, but I'm wondering if I'm holding the breast shield correctly. I know to center it on the nipple and all that, but I seem to leak out the bottom sometimes unless I hold it really tight onto my breast, to the point of squishing my breast... but then I worry I'm compressing the ducts or something because my last three pumping sessions I've barely gotten 0.5 oz total after pumping both sides. I know my supply is likely still low because of the difficulties we've been going through, but one time I was able to pump 2 oz in one session!
Any advice on how to hold the breast shield properly would be wonderful!
Last edited by cydonia1978; November 11th, 2011 at 10:55 PM.
I always ending up leaking a little bit as well but sitting upright and even slightly forward helped gravity get the milk in the bottles.
In terms of your supply, pump VERY frequently. Every 3 hours min round the clock .... more if you can manage it. You need to mimic a newborn to get your supply developed. Otherwise, you've probably been given the usual advice like drinking and eating lots. Are you double pumping? That can help with your letdowns as well. Sometimes it takes time for your body to learn to letdown for a pump instead of a baby so be patient. HTH.
Thanks! I wish I could double pump but I only have one tube/breast shield (well, that's the right size).. plus I have a hard enough time holding one shield on properly, not sure if I could do two.. lol! But I do pump both sides in each sitting, so hopefully that's okay too.
I ditto the hands free nursing setup. It is a lifesaver, especially if you're going to be an exclusive pumper. Make sure you have the correct size shields, hold them against your breast firmly, but not too firmly, you dont need to press hard. I leaked a bit, but usually when I wasn't really paying attention. Once the pumping suction gets going it usually will form a seal around the breast a bit. I also used lanolin after each pumping since it made my nipples a bit sore, so I'm sure the residual lanolin helped "stick" it some too.
I've definitely got to look into the shield sizes.. I think I have a 27", which is one size larger than the normal one.. but I notice it doesn't get a really good seal on my left side whatsoever.. I seem to be getting better at doing it on my right side, but it's odd because my right side is a bit larger than the left..
I like the idea of the hands-free bra.. I'll definitely need something like that if I'm going to keep this up for months! lol.. I know it's only 20-30 minutes a time on average, but still.. hands free would be nice.
Definitely try the hands-free bra. I didn't this time but I will with the next baby because I find myself hunching over a lot to read while I'm pumping, and my back is killing me! It's probably worth the investment.