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September 2nd, 2008, 12:56 PM
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My plan was to slowly decrease my pumping sessions at work and wean my body to part-time nursing (only when I'm with LO and then he gets formula at daycare). Well I don't wanna just quit pumping cold turkey, because I've heard that may cause your supply to dry up in a matter of days (at least that's what one of the ladies on the BF board told me).
Well, today I got all ready to pump during my lunch break, only to find out that I hadn't brought the little yellow piece (I have a Medela PIS) that goes inside the bottle. I thought I could just pump without it, but it won't work without it because the air just flows back & forth and doesn't cause any pressure to actually pump. So... I had to manually express (I felt like a COW doing that! ), but I was only able to express 2 oz. (and that was after not having nursed or pumped in over 4 hours).
I started noticing a decrease in my afternoon supply when nursing Alonzo, and now I'm afraid that this is gonna make it even worse.

Oh, and by the way... I noticed that manual expression doesn't hurt like the pump does (it's just very laborious and time consuming), so I may be able to stick with a pumping session or two while at work if I get a decent manual pump. Can anyone recommend a good manual pump?

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September 2nd, 2008, 01:15 PM
Kalia20's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I can tell you what one NOT to get, the First Years manual. It was the cheapest one at Walmart and I tossed it. I had to fight and fight with it to seal, and couldnt pump much at all. Its difficult to get together and take apart to clean it. Waste of money.

I have an Avent manual, but you cant buy them anymore. It works really well for me.

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September 2nd, 2008, 01:47 PM
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Sorry, I won't be of much help. I have the Ameda manual one that I got from the hospital, but it doesn't always works best for me. I am just exhausted by the time I'm done with it. I wish I could have learned how to hand express well.

Good luck and hope you find something that works best for you!

Baby Caleb - born on Sept. 15, 11.31 pm, 8 lb. 15 oz.
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September 2nd, 2008, 03:04 PM
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I can't help with the supply thing but what hurts about pumping? Have you tried different size breat shields and lowering the suction or speed on your pump? Sorry if you've already posted about this but just saw this and thought I'd throw it out there if you haven't tried it.
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September 2nd, 2008, 03:27 PM
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I always used the Medela manual pump and loved it.
Andrea, mom to 3 beautiful girls - Abigail (8) Annabelle (6) and Alexis (3)

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September 2nd, 2008, 09:05 PM
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Yeah my pump came with a manual pump....I mean, it was pretty primitive but it worked. Mine was in my bag and I didn't even know that I had it in there!

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