I started my LO on solids last month, so I started pumping so I could use the breastmilk to mix in with his baby cereals. I hadn't pumped for about 4 months prior to that-- just nursed exclusively-- so, when I tried to pump again I coudln't get a letdown. Didn't matter if my breasts were full. I had to resort to trying to stimulate a letdown manually by tugging/pinching my nipples. It only worked half the time though, and sometimes I would find myself sitting there for almost 30 mins trying to get a letdown before I could actually pump out a substantial amount. The only other way I could get a letdown is if I nursed on one side and pumped the other; however it was a huge hassle b/c my baby would keep looking at the pump and not nurse, or get fussy/upset.
Any ideas/suggestions on how to get a letdown with a pump, or train my body to get used to the pump again? I used to be able to pump the supply I needed for a feeding (or more) pretty easily in less than 10 mins.