Re: can't get the milk out--help!!
There are sizing devices out there that can help. Maybe a LC would have one?
I bet it is the wrong size shield and not the right amount of suction because of it. Any advice on this? I really don't know how I'm supposed to know what is the best size shield.
Alternately, you can judge the shield by how well it fits during use. If you see your nipples shooting in and out, and you're simultaneously feeling a loss of suction, then the shields are too big. If you feel your nipples rubbing uncomfortably against the sides of the collection tubes, then the shields are too small. If the shield is marginally too small, try lubricating your nipples with some olive oil- that may allow them to slide more freely through the tubes.
Actually, this makes perfect sense.
Also, the nipples are just backed up. It's like, I can feel the pressure under the surface of the nipple, but hte actual nipple ducts on the surface of the nipple do not all shoot like they do in my baby's mouth. I'm probably making no sense here.
It sounds like some of your ducts aren't getting the stimulation they need to send out a decent stream of milk. This could be a shield problem, or a pump power problem. Since you can get the milk to come out when you hand express, one way to possibly get those ducts to produce is to use hand expression while pumping. Sometimes putting some pressure on the ducts will force the milk out- just like you can get mustard out of a squeeze bottle by sucking it out or by squeezing the bottle.
When I squeeze my nipple with my hand, there are 8+ holes of milks to come out...when I pump, only a few get emptied. I can't get the other ones to shoot.
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