Hello. I've heard people talk about pumping on one breast while nursing on the other, and it seems like a good idea, but I can't figure out how people manage it. I try to pump about 4ozs in the morning, usually in bed right after I've breastfed my 11-week old son. But I always leak profusely from the nonnursed breast while breastfeeding and would much rather that the milk went into a bottle rather than dripping into a diaper. I'd also like to take advantage of the letdown from the pumped breast to get some more hindmilk into my baby (I have a bit of an overactive letdown and am working on eliminating green poops).
I'm using a medela harmony hand pump, which I think is pretty good (although I heard that the Aventi manual pump is somewhat better). I tried using a medela electric single pump but I don't like the whirring sound (it bothers the baby) and find the manual pump much more comfortable and efficient. But I can't seem to manage my baby and the manual pump at the same time Any suggestions?
Oh, one more question. I often try to pump about an ounce from the nursing breast before putting the baby on, to cut down on his foremilk consumption. Then I make up the other 2-3 ounces from the other breast, sometimes returning to pump the first breast after the baby finishes. Will this make my pumped milk too "thin" (i.e., with too much foremilk)? Is this a good strategy for dealing with overactive letdown?