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    I was just reading about a study that showed "hands on" pumping -- using hand expression/breast massage while double pumping -- produced a greater volume of milk than double pumping alone.

    Anybody tried it?
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    Default Re: Hands-on pumping

    I did that when I pumped. I think it really did help a lot.
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    Totally. I propped the horns against the edge of my desk and massaged away. Sometimes it was the only way to get a second letdown.
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    All the time. I would do breast compressions while double pumping AND reading my book. It's all in the wrist.


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    P.S. It helped me make more milk, and it sped up my sessions, so I'd get more in a shorter period of time.


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    I have to or I get almost nothing, and the texture of my breasts hardly changes, as in the firmness, even with the biggest horns available. If I don't do it, I get like 2 oz total, but if I do it, I can get 6 oz on one side and 3 on the other.

    So I tend to play with my iPod for the first 10-15 minutes and let it get things started and then do compressions with both hands for the second 10-15 minutes, going back and forth between breasts to stimulate letdowns, while reading or something.

    I've always been that way, even before all this EPing stuff. I think it's just the consistency of my breasts, and the fact that I just don't let down very well to a pump.

    The nice part about the hand's free bra is that I can use both hands more effectively and massage away without worrying about dropping the horn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*aprilsmagic View Post
    The nice part about the hand's free bra is that I can use both hands more effectively and massage away without worrying about dropping the horn.
    One of the things that makes a hand pump harder for me to use is the fact that I only have one hand free for massage. I think my body is so used to the compressions now that it's hard for me to let down for a pump without them.


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    It's the only way I pump. I'm not sure how much I would get out without doing that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*jeno View Post
    Totally. I propped the horns against the edge of my desk and massaged away. Sometimes it was the only way to get a second letdown.
    I waaant a second leeeet dooooooooown!

    It's all good. Time for my new, bigger shields to arrive in the post already! I'm chomping at the bit for them.

    Oh! And yes. I do compressions and massage my breasts all the way through or I don't get a single drop out. Not a smidge. Nadda. :P

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    Default Re: Hands-on pumping

    me too
    faster production and more volume if i do compressions at the same time.
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