This is my first time posting, but I've been lurking for months I hope someone can offer some insight into my dilemma.
I pumped with the PY after every feed, 8-10x/day, for 5 weeks and didn't notice an increase in my supply. I am taking fenugreek and blessed thistle 3 caps 3x/day, and 30 mg domperidone 4x/day (120mg total) and still my 3.5 month old son needs 200-300mL (7-10 oz) of formula every day. I use breast compressions during his feeds, and I pump twice at night because he sleeps through the night and I don't want my supply to drop further. I've seen a LC and been to a breastfeeding clinic twice and his latch is perfect. They suggested I stop pumping after feeds so more milk would be left for the next feed (I learned here that that wasn't true -- draining the breast is better!) Needles to say this just meant I had less breastmilk for his bottle, and more formula. Now I've had four doctors (one a BFing specialist) tell me that I should be satisfied with what I have and that my body probably can't make more milk Despite this I haven't given up hope!
I was just wondering if any of you have seen a difference between the Ameda Purely Yours (PY) and the hospital-grade Ameda Elite? Both seem to go up to the same suction strength and have variable cycles. The only thing is I can't comfortably use the maximum suction on the PY, so could I get any benefit from the Elite? I've tried standard, medium, and large flanges as well as the flexishield. The large size is the most comfortable because it doesn't make my nipple rub on the sides, but it pulls in a lot of my aerola, so I'm worried the flange isn't pushing on the optimal spot -- I've read that where the flange and tunnel meet is where the baby's gums usually are during feeding. The standard or medium size seems best if following that advice but then my nipple rubs the sides This also makes me wonder if the Elite is worth a try because it would be using the same flanges...
If you have any experience comparing these pumps I'd greatly appreciate your story and how it turned out for you!