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    Default Letdown when pumping

    Hi All!

    When I pump, it often takes a really long time (sometimes up to 20 minutes) to start getting a really good flow from my right breast. My left breast usually doesn't have a problem. But it's almost like by the time my left one finishes pumping, my right one starts in earnest. I usually get ample amount of milk when all is said and done, but everything I've read says that when you have a good pump, it should only take 15-20 minutes, while I'm taking 30-35 minutes. Do you have any advice to speed up the faster flow on my right side? I'm going back to work soon and would like to spend less than 40 minute per pumping session.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Letdown when pumping

    What sort of pump are you using? And are the shields correctly sized, and correctly sized on both sides? When a mama has trouble pumping efficiently or pumping enough milk, my first thought is always that something isn't quite right with her pump.
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    Default Re: Letdown when pumping

    I have a Medela Freestyle. I'm pretty sure it's correctly sized. I've tried going up a side on the right and didn't notice that much of a difference.

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    Default Re: Letdown when pumping

    The Freestyle is a decent pump, but since you haven't had such terrific results with it I'd suggest moving up to a Pump in Style Advanced or hospital-grade rental pump. Some mamas just need more power!
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    Default Re: Letdown when pumping

    The Freestyle is actually the same as a PISA. I've used both. They are exactly the same motor. I'd suggest a hospital grade pump. Make sure your horns are correctly sized. Massage. Heat. Get into the frame of mind. And bear in mind it takes practice to pump regularly.
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