Re: Extremely frustrated with pumping!
People with far more expertise will weigh in, but one question and then some thoughts: if you were to stand over a sink or toilet at pumping time and hand express aka milk the girls, would the milk flow? If yes then I think there's still more experimenting to be done with the pump even though you've been through a lot. The pump that worked for me was the Medela Symphony Hospital Grade, which I rented from November 2012 to September 2013 and for the FIRST time ever I am now successfully using a NON hospital grade pump. (My daughter is 15 months). I use the pumpin pals flanges and found myself shifting sizes from time to time. Some say do compressions while pumping - I pretty much am full on self-milking under the flange. I can only imagine the havoc I am wreaking on my boobs. Most days I can work away or do a conference call and pump as I've been doing it so long, but back when my little girl was 3 months I absolutely had to look at photos and videos (with sound) while pumping to get things rolling and get a let down. I even recorded her making various noises using the voice memo feature on my phone. I'd put my earphones in an listen to her cooing - I think I had some giggles back then, even crying. Although that made me sad.
Originally Posted by @llli*jpolizzi5
My pumping capacity got so much better month by month. I remember 3 months being very hard and me getting very worried about not supplying enough for home. Or running out of freezer stash. However that never happened. I hope some or all of this is helpful.
P.S. Before succeeding with the Symphony I failed with a double electric Tommee Tippee pump AND a Medela PISA both purchased brand new by me.
Last edited by @llli*debbers; October 13th, 2013 at 09:33 AM.
Reason: Corrected an error: I'm finally back to a regular pump, but I needed the hospital grade for nearly 11 months,
1st time mom over 40 to Alex(andra) b: 7/14/12