Okay, I know it sounds off but the best way I can think to describe my problem is that pumping is working like using a short straw in a tall cup. I can only pump 1/2-1 1/2 oz per sitting. That's combined from both breasts.
My DD is a week old today, and I BF my son for 7 months. I had to stop at that point though because I kept getting mastisis and after 3 incidents in one month-barely giving me time to get over the last round-I had to call it quits. I rented a pump during that last month (Medela Lactina), but I had the same issue then. My supply was low so I assumed that was why I would only get an ounce or so. Now, with DD, I'm trying to get into the swing of pumping so that I can goto work in a few months.
I've read and heard of woman who can pump twice a day, get over 15 oz per setting, and do wonderfully from there. But even more pratical, it seems the norm for most woman to be able to pump 4-5 times and get a good 30 or more ounces. I can only pump one feeding per day and it's done so over several attempts. Even when I skip the nursing session in exchange for the bottle, I still only can successfully pump a small amount.
This is what I mean by the short straw thing- I'll get let down, a good flow for a minute or two, and then that's all. Even when my breasts are full, I only seem to be able to empty then to a point. I've tried warm showers, massages, pumping both at the same time and alternating, pumping one side while nursing on the other, ect. I drink plenty and I eat healthy and my supply is good. DD is gaining quite well and I certainly fill up enough times during the day.
So, what's up? I've heard pumping can take practice as far as the body is concerned, should I just keep pumping inbetween?
What if it's the pump style? I'm renting a lactine again for the next month-then I planed to switch to the PIS. Is there a high grade pump that has a different style then the Medela pumps? It could maybe be the rythm or suction that doesn't work for me.
Am I the only one? Did any of you have the same problem, what did you do to fix it, how are things going now?
My goal is to be able to nurse and pump about half the time each. So, you can imgine how this would be a bit frustrating. Thanks for any help and support you can offer!