This is my second child. With my first I had a HUGE supply, and when I went back to work I pumped way more than he needed, which was great because there was always extra. I never had any trouble letting down with the pump. I was getting 8-10 ounces per pump session from the beginning. Now my second little guy is three months and I'm just starting back to work, and I have had a *really* hard time with the pump. It's the same brand, same model that I used with #1, Ameda, though I've heard that they've outsourced their production and the pumps aren't as good anymore, so maybe that's it? But I just can't let down, and I'm only getting 2-3 ounces per pumping session. It's really discouraging. I want to cry every time I sit down to pump. I have gotten let-down with the pump maybe two times, and both times I got the 8-10 ounces I know I'm producing, but if I don't let down I just can't get much out. I've tried hand expression, breast massage, deep breathing and relaxation, it feels like I just can't win.
Does anyone have any words of encouragement or hope for me? I really need a pep-talk.