Do I need a new pump? not emptying breasts
I have a Lansinoh double electric. (not affinity). Baby is 14wks. I work night shift, 11p-7a. I pump 3 times each night-usually 12 or 1230, 230 or 3, and 430 or 5a. I feed baby before I leave at 9/930pm and when I get home at 830/9am. When I went back to work 6 weeks ago I was getting between 4-6oz per session after 10 minutes of pumping. About 2wks ago that went down to 3-4oz per session. i still feel like my breasts are full, but not engorged, just not as soft as after baby nurses. I compress as best I can without touching my boobs too much (I'm a germ freak) during pumping. I try to relax, but I do get stressed out at work/nervous about pumping enough, but that's not new to the past 2 weeks. last night I pumped for 20minutes at one session instead of 10 with MAYBE another 1/2oz to show for it (so, 4.5oz total, had around 4 at 10minutes). When I got home this am I fed baby, then pumped the other side with my Evenflo ComfortSelect single, and got 2oz with breast compression/massage. i could still hand express milk after pumping with the comfort select, even though during pumping no more milk was coming out, even with compressions. but I need to get to sleep so I didn't hand express alot, I basically wanted to see if I could. Breast that I pumped feels fuller than breast baby nursed from. Definitely still milk in there. So my question is do I need a better pump? Money is tight but I would pick up an extra shift or something if that's what I need to keep my supply up. I am bound and determined to breastfeed for at least a year.
Sorry for typos-I'm tired!
breastfeeding my sweet baby boy and pumping at work.
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