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    Default Baby feeds fine, but cannot pump...

    My wife breastfeeds, but she will soon return back to work. Our daughter is about a month old now, and she seems to be feeding off both sides very well, so well that the milk sometimes runs down her face because there is so much.

    However, as soon as she puts the pump to herself she gets nothing. We have even gone so far as to have the baby latch on, and quickly replace her with the pump! That seems to work for about 10-15 seconds, then she won't produce anymore until the baby latches back on.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    James

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    Default Re: Baby feeds fine, but cannot pump...

    It sounds to me as though it's likely the flange/horn/shield (the part that actually goes on the breast over the nipple) is either to big, or too small. Does she feel pain when she pumps, do the sides of her nipple/areola rub or bind on the side of the inner portion of the flange?
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    Default Re: Baby feeds fine, but cannot pump...

    PP has good questions...also, what kind of a pump does she have?
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    Default Re: Baby feeds fine, but cannot pump...

    What type of pump is she using?
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    Default Re: Baby feeds fine, but cannot pump...

    Oh, also, along with the poster above me, Is it manual or electric, double or single?
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    Lydia--15 mo and still nursing

    Brenden--6.5 yo bf for 6 months

    Preston (SS)--13.5 yo

    Brittany--12.5 yo bf for 6 weeks

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    Default Re: Baby feeds fine, but cannot pump...

    If anything, the pump may be too big. She does not rub against the inner portion at all. The thing is though, at first our daughter had trouble latching on, so she had to pump only and bottle feed. The pump worked great at first, and we had too much milk. Now it is the exact opposite.

    It is a Playtex pump.

    http://www.amazon.com/Playtex-Nursin.../dp/B001LUDRFI

    It is only a single pump though.

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    Default Re: Baby feeds fine, but cannot pump...

    It sounds like your wife may need a better pump. Since she's returning to work, a Medela Pump in Style is probably a good bet. She may also want to see a lactation consultant and have the LC watch her pump- there may be something that can be observed in person that we can't catch via the internet.

    Shields that are too big can definitely impact milk output. As a first step, your wife might want to go down a size and see if that helps.
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    Default Re: Baby feeds fine, but cannot pump...

    with the above poster! It does sound like she needs a smaller shield. Is she on WIC? If so, have her ask about getting a pump from them? It's usually a Medela double pump in style advance. I recieved the backpack style.

    If the shield is too big, there won't be enough pressure on the areola to press on and suck the milk out. Her nipple should NOT rub on the inside. The areola, when the shield is resting on the breast, should be slightly larger than the opening leading into the pump, from the shield.

    I don't know it the Playtex pumps have different size shields or inserts to change the size, but I KNOW Medela does. You might want to look into those. They are so VERY worth it!

    As the PP said, see if there is a lactation consultant nearby and try to get in contact with her. Here is the link to search for a local consultant
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    Default Re: Baby feeds fine, but cannot pump...

    I was advised to NOT use the Playtex pump by the lactation consultant at the hospital where I had my daughter. She said that there is no "release" during the suction phase and that can seriously damage a woman's nipples over time.
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