Ok, this is boggling my mind: :confused :My hospital-grade Medela Symphony pump is hooked up properly, it definitely sucks well (my nipples are sore). I used it for over an hour, and watched the amount dripping into the little bottles not change in the last 15 minutes or so of the session. Now, I know I'm supposed to pump an extra five minutes past dry in order to get more milk next time (I'm only getting about 5 oz from both breasts put together), but here's the thing: When I took the pump off (after an hour and very tender nipples) and hand expressed, there was still a LOT of milk in my breasts even though when I replaced the device, it wouldn't express anymore. Now the last time I used my hand pump, I could get my breast dry in about 20 minutes, but my hands hurt like crazy and I only have one, so I had to do each breast separately. This will not work in the long run because I have to go back to work and my breaks are only a half hour, and I have to set up and tear down! Not to mention, I need my hands free so I can do things like eat.
Any ideas on why my HOSPITAL GRADE PUMP seems to be less efficient in getting all the milk? Am I doing it wrong?
* I pumped for over an hour
* I played with the settings and how hard/fast it pumped
* My nipple was not rubbing against any of the sides
* I massaged as I pumped, which helped a little, but still didn't empty.
* I've tried multiple times, to no avail.
Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me. I need to express milk for my baby and I'm getting nervous that I won't have enough, my supply will go down, or I will end up with plugged ducts!