Having an odd experience with the pump, hoping someone can shed some light?
I feel like I might be "acclimating" to the pump. When I first started back at work, I could bring home 20 ounces easily from an 8 hour work day, and the pump would pretty effectively empty my breasts. Fast forward almost two months, and now I'm only bringing home about 15 ounces, and when the milk stops flowing in the pump, my breasts don't feel as empty (even when doing compressions while pumping). When I follow with hand expression, there is a lot more milk left -- I can easily get another ounce plus out of both sides. But the pump isn't getting that milk out anymore. What might be going on here? Is it possible for your body to just get used to it and have the pump not work as effectively?
(For background, I don't think my pump is wearing out. It's a medela pump in style that's only been in light use for about three months: I pumped once per day for six weeks on maternity leave, and now at work only part time, where I have 3 pump sessions 3 days per week. I mean, I can't imagine that 7-10 pump sessions per week would wear out the motor or decrease the suction that quickly??)