So, I was looking at a thread here and I noticed that sometimes milk output can be hindered by cones that are too small. I originally thought that mine might be too big so I bought some flexisheilds to help with stimulation to the areola. I was reading from a link that when you see skin flecs on the cone, that means it's too small.
Well, I've got skin flecs! I also notice that the pump is only grabbing (TMI possibly?) my nipple and a small portion (and I mean small) of my areola. Now, since I'm a relactating mama, I don't have much output to begin with but I'm wondering now if this is why I had trouble with the Medela. I am currently using an Ameda Purely Yours with the standard size cones.
I guess my question is, are skin flecs normal or is that a sign of a cone being too small? Also, should the pump be getting more of my areola than just a small area around my nipple? I personally don't see how there is stimulation if it's not getting my areola but I know nothing about pumps.
Help?! I've been pumping off and on for a week now and started to get colostrum but I am stuck in that phase. I decided that today I am getting serious about this (meaning pumping on a schedule, taking my herbs, eating my oatmeal, the works) but I never thought to check my pump shields! Could this be my problem? My IBCLC told me that I should be getting measurable amounts by now but I'm still only getting a few drops. Which don't get me wrong, is certainly progress since my baby is 4 months old and hasn't nursed since he was 2 days old. I'm not complaining but I want to see this work...