Hello, I have been exclusively breastfeeding my son for 9 months. I have never been able to pump, although I have tried many, many times over the months. When I pump, I only get a miniscule amount of milk, sometimes enough to barely cover the bottom of the bottle, sometimes not even that much.
I have only tried to pump between feedings, since I don't work outside the home.
I have a Medela Swing pump, but I also rented a "good" pump from the hospital, to see if my pump was the problem and this did not make a difference. I have tried every size of breast shield out there and that didn't make a difference either. I am unable to express milk using manual, hand expression either. I can get a drop or two to appear on my nipple, but that's all.
I have large breasts, I don't know if that makes pumping harder. I have always felt like I have a low milk supply. I have NEVER leaked milk, not even in the first weeks. My breasts have never felt full or engorged. I have never felt a let-down.
I know there's milk in there because I've been feeding my baby for 9 months!! He is allergic to milk (vomiting, hives, wheezing, lethargy = scary!) as well as several other foods, so I don't want to give him formula and skip nursing sessions in order to pump.
So, my question is: WHY CAN'T I PUMP MILK!!???? I would really, really love a night out with the girls or a movie night with my hubby or really, just any chance to be away from my baby for more than 2 hours, which I haven't had since he was born 9 months ago.
I have tried visualization, smelling baby, holding and nursing baby on other breast, etc. It didn't help. I haven't tried any galactagouges (sp?) because my baby has always been growing and seems healthy, hitting all his milestones, enough poop and pee, etc.
Any advice on how I could get more milk when pumping? Thank you so much in advance!