mangai - perhaps it is a technique thing? I find pumping quite painful initially, particularly if I am very engorged. I go really really gently manually at first. Then after 2 minutes normally I still dont have milk. I take the pump off, move it slightly and try again. Again very gently.Originally Posted by mangai
It normally takes me about 4 minutes of gentle pumping before I start to see milk. It does sting. However, once the milk squirts start the pain seems to go away.
also how old is your LO? I found I only got milk from pumping when my LO was 4-5 weeks old. it just didnt work when he was younger.
get someone to babysit your LO just after you have BF your LO on one side whilst you go into a separate room, put on some gentle music and just relax before you pump and then pump the other side. if it doesnt work after 5 minutes or it hurts, stop, and try again the next day.
it is such a scary thing to start with, but trust me, it is do-able.