Re: Hand Expression.. How do I get hindm
Welcome! It's awesome that you're already getting 1/2 an oz from pumping. It takes a lot of work to relactate up to that level. I think the first thing I would do in your shoes is to get a hospital-grade rental pump. The 2 pumps you are using are smaller, lighter-weight pumps meant primarily for moms who already have good milk supplies and who respond well to pumping. They are not good pumps for a mom who needs to rebuild her supply from a low point, even when used together- which I think was a brilliant solution to the low suction issue!
Another thing that can help increase yield is to pump more frequently. If you're not already doing so, pumping every 2 hours during the day and every 3 at night- or even more frequently, if you can stand it- should result in increased yield.
If you use a better pump with correctly sized shields, and pump more frequently, you should be able to get more milk and that will mean more hindmilk. But remember that the terms "hindmilk" and "foremilk" are misleading. You really only produce milk. It's not like there's a switch in your breasts that turns foremilk production off and hindmilk production on after you've been pumping or expressing for a certain amount of time. The milk you produce does change in composition as the breast is emptied, becoming increasingly fatty, but the change is gradual and even the "foremilk" contains fat. Seeing only a thin line of cream in your separated milk is normal when you are producing a small amount of milk, and it's also normal to see a relatively small proportion of cream in expressed milk when you're producing a large amount of milk. You're producing milk, not ice cream or butter!
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