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    Question When to switch phases?

    Does anyone know what is the best time to switch between phases on a double-electric pump? I have both a PISA and a Freestyle, which have a button that lets you switch to the expression phase from the let-down phase (or it switched automatically @ 2min I think?).

    Anyway, does anyone know if the time you switch matters? Meaning, should I switch at the first drop of milk? Should I wait until the milk is coming more forcefully? Is there any advantage at leaving it on let-down until it switches over on its own?
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    Default Re: When to switch phases?

    I usually just switch it when I feel let down. When I don't feel the let down, I usually just listen for it to spray on the inside of the horn/flange.
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    Default Re: When to switch phases?

    I've never felt a let-down, but I can see the milk coming out in the horns. I just didn't know if there was an advantage to staying on the let-down phase once the milk is coming out.
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    Default Re: When to switch phases?

    i never felt my milk let-down either. sometimes i would just wait until it switched over automatically at 2 minutes, but if i wanted to kick it over sooner, i did so after my milk was starting to let down a bit more forcefully (not just a few drops). i never noticed a difference whether i waited for the pump to switch over or if i did it myself.
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    Default Re: When to switch phases?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*jeno View Post
    I've never felt a let-down, but I can see the milk coming out in the horns. I just didn't know if there was an advantage to staying on the let-down phase once the milk is coming out.
    According to my LC the second phase is much more efficient for 99% of women so getting it going quickly is a good thing (I do it pretty much at the first drops but I have OALD so...). Repressing the button when the flow slows down can help if you are having supply issues.
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