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    Default Difficulties pumping-- letdown?

    I am exclusively breast feeding my almost a month old daughter and I have not been pumping very much. My husband would like to start giving her a bottle and we need to stock up in case we need to leave her with someone.

    I am having a problem pumping. When I pump, I barely get anything... maybe a few mLs. I found that when she is nursing the let down on the other breast is greater so one day I tried pumping while nursing her. I was able to get about 1 ounce. Yesterday I did the same thing and got a lot more ounces (maybe 4 total both breasts) but I had to keep switching my lo over and pumping while she was feeding.

    My question is, how can I get my letdown to come with just pumping? Or is there something I can do to help with pumping only? More time? More pumping? I can pump for 10 minutes and get barely anything, but when I attach my baby, I get a lot more.

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Difficulties pumping-- letdown?

    I see the best results if I pump one breast while DD is feeding on the other side.
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    Default Re: Difficulties pumping-- letdown?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*isabellasmama View Post
    I see the best results if I pump one breast while DD is feeding on the other side.
    this is true for most people.

    If you pump at the same time everyday it might help. To help with let down you can try a few things: have your baby where you can see/smell/interact. Listen to a crying baby. Bury your nose in something that smells of baby.

    What pump are you using? The better double electrics have two pump cycles - one to bring on let down the other that more efficiently drain the breast.

    And btw for being able to pump so much when your baby is around. You have an excellent supply
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    Default Re: Difficulties pumping-- letdown?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*isabellasmama View Post
    I see the best results if I pump one breast while DD is feeding on the other side.
    How often do you pump and feed? Each time? I was doing it in the morning hours (7-1p) depending on how awake my LO was.



    Do you then in turn, switch feedings from each breast each time you feed your lo?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Difficulties pumping-- letdown?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*durhamgrrl View Post
    this is true for most people.

    If you pump at the same time everyday it might help. To help with let down you can try a few things: have your baby where you can see/smell/interact. Listen to a crying baby. Bury your nose in something that smells of baby.

    What pump are you using? The better double electrics have two pump cycles - one to bring on let down the other that more efficiently drain the breast.

    And btw for being able to pump so much when your baby is around. You have an excellent supply
    I have a Medela Pump in Style, double pump, but I usually don't double pump.

    I will try the baby tips. and more skin to skin! Thank you!!

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