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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Frustrated! Pump volume depleting!

    wow, I cant believe so many others are having the same problem around this age! Hopefully someone will have some good advice. I am going to try to contact a lactation consultant I used to work with and ask her if she has and suggestions for all of us. If I get any information I will add it to this post!

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Frustrated! Pump volume depleting!

    Have you tried breast compressions? I do that when I can feel there's still milk in there, and I can usually get another ounce out.

    Once I started back at work, I noticed my let down slowing too, even when nusrsing. It used to take DD just 5-6 suckles, now it's a good 30sec-1min. I'm hoping I can make it to a year, she's 7 mo today.

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    Default Re: Frustrated! Pump volume depleting!

    I too am having the same problem. Lac. Consult worked with me for an hour. Taking feungreek, eating oatmeal, and carrots -doing everything that she suggested. I am even pumping every two hours. Used to get solid 4 oz each pump - now I am lucky to get 1-2 ozs. Have tried to reduce stress level at work, but I think we all know how well that works!

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    Default Re: Frustrated! Pump volume depleting!

    I would suggest using techniques for assisting MER, such as the tips found near the bottom of this page:
    http://www.lactationinstitute.org/MANUALEX.html

    I would also suggest trying the techniques outlined in this video:
    http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastf...roduction.html

    Here are two resources regarding not being able to pump enough:
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/pumpwork.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/p..._decrease.html

    Info about the "six month slump" (note the part about milk intake in infants isn't exactly accurate--if you want more info, LMK):
    http://workandpump.com/6month.htm

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Frustrated! Pump volume depleting!

    Quote Originally Posted by shorty313 View Post
    Have you tried breast compressions? I do that when I can feel there's still milk in there, and I can usually get another ounce out.

    Once I started back at work, I noticed my let down slowing too, even when nusrsing. It used to take DD just 5-6 suckles, now it's a good 30sec-1min. I'm hoping I can make it to a year, she's 7 mo today.
    I have recently tried compressions and it really does help a lot. I still am not getting the output like I was before though. It is also kind of hard for me to do compressions because I have smaller breasts and there isn't that much surface area to work with, lol. It does help though!

  6. #16
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    Default Re: Frustrated! Pump volume depleting!

    Quote Originally Posted by Give Peas A Chance View Post
    I would suggest using techniques for assisting MER, such as the tips found near the bottom of this page:
    http://www.lactationinstitute.org/MANUALEX.html

    I would also suggest trying the techniques outlined in this video:
    http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastf...roduction.html

    Here are two resources regarding not being able to pump enough:
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/pumpwork.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/p..._decrease.html

    Info about the "six month slump" (note the part about milk intake in infants isn't exactly accurate--if you want more info, LMK):
    http://workandpump.com/6month.htm
    Thanks so much for these resources!

  7. #17
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    Default Re: Frustrated! Pump volume depleting!

    Same thing happened to me... It felt like I still had milk even after I had pumped for 20 minutes and nothing more was coming out. What worked for me... I hand expressed for 5 minutes after using the electric pump. I saw an increase in my supply within a week. Also, I typically see an increase in my supply within 2 days if I increase the number of times I pump. Finally, when I pumped, I would get so stressed about the lack of output that I think this added to the problem. Now, when I pump, I don't look at the pump set up at all. I close my eyes and go over my grocery list, think of my daughter -- anything to keep my mind off pumping. It has seemed to help

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