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  1. #1
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    Question Milk not letting down when pumping

    My DD is 8 months old and I've recently started pumping again. I hadn't pumped since she was about 3 months old and I've been at it for about 2 weeks now. I haven't pumped every day and it's usually just once a day when I do pump. I pump in the morning. The problem is that my milk won't let down when I pump. I've tried everything: having DD close to me, thinking about her, envisioning the milk letting down, pumping after a hot shower, massaging my breasts, etc. In a 4 oz bottle, I get 3.75 oz of foremilk and only .25 oz of hindmilk.

    I'm looking for suggestions on how to get the milk to let down. Please, I'm desperate! My husband and I want to go out for our anniversary in a couple of weeks!

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    Default Re: Milk not letting down when pumping

    I have two pumps... I rarely experience letdown with the electric one, but always do with my manual one (Avent Isis). Perhaps it's the kind of pump you're using? Maybe a change would help.

    Hope something works for you!
    ~Tina~
    Mom to Avery Rose 12-09-05

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    Default Re: Milk not letting down when pumping

    It sounds as if you're having some type of let down if you're getting 3+ oz.

    How do you know that you're only getting a little bit of hind milk? I found this article really good at explaining how foremilk/hindmilk works: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fo...-hindmilk.html
    The hot water tap analogy is brilliant! As the article points out, if you want to increase the amount of fat in your milk (or, the hindmilk), then nursing/pumping closer together seems to be the way to do it.

    I hope this helps!

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    Default Re: Milk not letting down when pumping

    Thanks for the info. I always assumed that the hindmilk I'm seeing after it seperates in the fridge was what I was getting in my letdown.

    At least I'm not so discouraged anymore!

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    Default Re: Milk not letting down when pumping

    You're definitely experiencing letdown. I'll bet if you watch inside the shield, you will see milk spraying. This is letdown!!

    Your milk contains fat, even if you don't notice all of the hindmilk (cream) at the top of the bottle.

    Even if your ebm WAS low on hindmilk (sounds like it was not!), it certainly wouldn't be harmful for your baby to drink it while you're out for the evening.

    HTH!

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