Re: Attempting to pump for the first time
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!
I think the problem may be your pump. When a mom is having problems pumping, or isn't having problems but must or has decided to pump exclusively, she needs to use a really high-quality pump. For most moms, that means a hospital-grade rental. Correctly sized shields are also important to allow for maximum milk removal. Do you have a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, available to you? A LC can help you get the machine you need, help you maximize your pumping efficiency, and can troubleshoot any problems you are having right now.
I am not going to lie, not nursing or pumping for a week has probably damaged your supply. However, milk supply is very resilient and as long as you do the work with the pump- the right pump- you'll be able to increase it.
The easiest way to increse supply might be... to simply nurse the baby. After a week of bottles, I don't know how willing your baby would be to try nursing, but I really do feel it's worth a try. Who knows, you might like it! And nursing straight from the tap is far, far easier than nursing the pump. I'm not trying to discourage you from exclusive pumping if that's the only way you feel you can breastfeed. Rather, I'm encouraging you to try something a little "out of the box", just because it's usually so much easier and so much more fun than the alternatives.
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