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    Default pumping takes a long time

    Hi there! I'm starting work again soon, and I will be pumping there also hopefully twice a day. I've noticed recently though, that it takes so long for me to pump out all the milk. I'm not overly full, but it just doesn't seem to ever stop. Is there a safe way to speed up this process? I don't want to end a pump session before it's done because I'm afraid it will leave out the hindmilk. I'm a teacher, so I can't be away from my class too long and I only have 30 min for lunch, which is about how long it takes. I have a Medela PIS.

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    Default Re: pumping takes a long time

    Check the min/max dial on the pump. I found that as my son got older I had to crank that up more to mimic the force of his nursing. Plus, I found that for "real" pumping (in place of a nursing session) I needed a higher speed and higher suction.

    Good luck to you!

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    Default Re: pumping takes a long time

    I'm not sure of everyone's experiences, but I've heard and can confirm for mayself, you get more milk pumped when you're actually away from your baby. Mental thing, I guess...
    Sarah- Mommy to Ally (4/16/06) , Katlyn (11/13/07) & Rebekah (10/21/09)
    All three, all natural!

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    Default Re: pumping takes a long time

    Check out this link..
    http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastf...roduction.html

    I pump twice a day also and I have only 15 - 20 mins... This really helps!
    Married mama with 4 kiddos...2 girls (11 & 6) and 2 boys (21mo & 3mo)

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    Default Re: pumping takes a long time

    Are you double pumping? I didn't have the money for a hands free kit so I was only pumping one side at a time (to keep one hand free). It took about 30mins. I still don't have a hands free kit but now I double pump and it takes about 10 to 15mins.

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    Default Re: pumping takes a long time

    I am double pumping. I was considering one of those hands free things....how much are they and where do I get one? I've heard of people making it themselves too. Are they more trouble than they are worth?

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    Default Re: pumping takes a long time

    My own experience was that once I started pumping at work, it got much easier and faster and I now have it timed to where my second let down happens at 8-10 minutes, then I pump to 15 minutes for good measure. But my work also has a Medela lactina select in our lactation room - let me tell you that using one of those makes a lot of difference even over the PIS!

    I'm not sure what most people use for hands-free pumping, but I've been using the "Pumpin' pal" (http://www.pumpinpal.com/) which costs $9.95. It's a strap like necklace that lets the falanges kind of hang from your neck. It's not truly hands free, especially when I am more engorged, but it allows a pretty good amount of freedom and I can multi-task while I pump.

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    Default Re: pumping takes a long time

    Instead of buying a hands-free pumping bra, I just use 4 hair ties. You loop 2 of them together so they make a figure eight. One loop goes around the breast shield, the other hooks onto your bra (where you snap it together). It works GREAT for me! There's a link somewhere on this site, but I can't find it right now.

    But for less than $1.00 you can make your own hands-free thing!!!
    ~*Sherri*~
    Mommy to Allison Rae

    Born 9-18-07 @ 1:18am

    BF for 18 months! Finally weaned!


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    Default Re: pumping takes a long time

    I love, love my easy expressions bra for hands free pumping:

    http://www.easyexpressionproducts.com/

    It's well made and lasted thru 2 lo's pumping so far. Worth the extra $$'s for sure.

    Amy

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    Default Re: pumping takes a long time

    take a tube top (or sports bra) cut a whole in it so the small part of the flange does thru it... hands free
    Married mama with 4 kiddos...2 girls (11 & 6) and 2 boys (21mo & 3mo)

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