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    Default Unable to pump

    Hi all-

    I REALLY NEED SOME HELP.

    I breast feed my baby regularly and pump twice a day. Last one week I'm noticing less milk coming out when I pump and no letdowns. My breast seems to be full but unable to eject the mik. Could it be a clogged duct? I don't feel any pain or leakage. I tried heat treatment, massaging but nothing helps. I'm so worried and I don't know what's going on.

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    Default Re: Unable to pump

    Have you checked the suction on your pump? Are you losing suction anywhere?

    Does your baby seem to have any problem getting the milk out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*norasmommy View Post
    Have you checked the suction on your pump? Are you losing suction anywhere?

    Does your baby seem to have any problem getting the milk out?

    Every thing is fine with my pump. I'm not loosing the suction. I have tried hand expressing the milk, used manual pump. Everywhere I'm getting the same output. Only my baby is able to remove the milk effectively and empty the breast. Usually I make 5 ounces every 5 hours and now I'm producing only 1-2 ounces after serious pumping.

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    Default Re: Unable to pump

    When you are pumping are you away from your baby? I really have trouble pumping when I am at home with dd.

    If you are home and pumping, could you nurse and pump at the same time?


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    Default Re: Unable to pump

    another ? how old is baby?
    Some moms notice a dip in supply when their period returns.

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    Default Re: Unable to pump

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mammaof2 View Post
    When you are pumping are you away from your baby? I really have trouble pumping when I am at home with dd.

    If you are home and pumping, could you nurse and pump at the same time?

    Yes I work 2 days a week and I pump twice on thoose days. My baby takes one breast at a time so at home I only pump once at night and once in the morning ( pump the other side)

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*andreafromohio View Post
    another ? how old is baby?
    Some moms notice a dip in supply when their period returns.
    My baby is 4 months old. I have not yet got my periods.
    Last edited by @llli*lllidsajin; April 9th, 2009 at 11:34 AM.

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    Just now I felt both my breasts. I'm feeling a big lump on both my breasts. My breast gets softer after my baby nurses but still feeling the lump and if I press the lump it is tender. Do I have to checked it out with my doctor?
    Last edited by @llli*lllidsajin; April 9th, 2009 at 11:37 AM.

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    Sounds like you may have plugged ducts. Here's an article about them and how to treat them. You shouldn't need to see a doctor unless it starts to get red or inflamed or if you start running a fever.
    “We are not put on earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.”
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    Default Re: Unable to pump

    You might want to try some breast compressions (massaging) to help a letdown happen.

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