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    Default Less Suction = More Milk??

    So I had always assumed that I needed to crank my pump up to the highest suction level to get the most milk, but tried a lower setting today (for the first time in 5 1/2 months!!) and got almost 2 ounces more than I usually do at work!

    Anyone else have this happen to them?

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    Default Re: Less Suction = More Milk??

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*juniper79 View Post
    So I had always assumed that I needed to crank my pump up to the highest suction level to get the most milk, but tried a lower setting today (for the first time in 5 1/2 months!!) and got almost 2 ounces more than I usually do at work!

    Anyone else have this happen to them?
    Wow! I'm glad you turned it down. I only have mine at 1/4 of the suction, otherwise it would hurt.
    Tracie

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    Default Re: Less Suction = More Milk??

    I tried this a while ago. I read somewhere turn the suction down and the speed up. I think it has helped. I also read that you should start with the speed higher and then once you start having a let down turn it lower to mimic how your baby feeds. I tried this and for me I couldn't tell if it helped but it did not hurt give that a try too!!!
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    Default Re: Less Suction = More Milk??

    I used to keep turning the suction up and noticed the amount I pumped decreased. When I turned it back down (because my nipples hurt), the milk increased!

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    Default Re: Less Suction = More Milk??

    They say just to pump to comfort level. Go until it's uncomfortable and then turn it down a notch to get the most milk.
    Nursed my sweet daughter 3 years, 3 mos.

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    Default Re: Less Suction = More Milk??

    I have never heard of this. I will try it...thanks ladies.

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    Default Re: Less Suction = More Milk??

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommy2lilah View Post
    Wow! I'm glad you turned it down. I only have mine at 1/4 of the suction, otherwise it would hurt.
    Yep, same here. I use a Medela PISA and only turn it up about 1/4 of the way. It feels the most similar to how my baby feeds to me at that setting, and I get pretty good output.
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