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February 24th, 2014, 11:51 AM
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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?
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February 26th, 2014, 05:53 AM
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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.

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February 26th, 2014, 11:46 AM
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Yeah, I agree with Meredith. Pump while you're nursing to get the most output. I always responded well to the pump, but there are some who just don't.
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February 26th, 2014, 12:15 PM
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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.

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February 28th, 2014, 11:54 AM
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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?
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