(Kingsville, Ontario, Canada)
Using a Breast Pump
I read your FAQ and noted a question on pumping. I too try to pump.
I have a Pump In Style and have been using it for 6 months since my baby has been born. I get frustrated with pumping and do it off and on because I can pump for 15 minutes and get 1 oz. It takes 5 tries just to get a 5 oz bottle filled.
The lactation consultant I visited a few times told me to continue pumping as this would perhaps not bring results which were visible in the bottle but would benefit my baby for the next feeding.
I have always set the pump for the highest possible suction and thought this was best. Have I been wrong?
Breastfeeding Magazine Response:
You have a great pump, but the highest suction does not mean that you will get out more milk. Most of the time the opposite is true.
Stronger suction may mean that you’re are uncomfortable, in pain, or that you’re damaging your breasts.
In order to get the most breast milk expressed, you will need to make the pump imitate your baby’s sucking. Watch how frequently your baby sucks and the how strong. Then try to adjust your pump to match your baby.
Then it is extremely important to relax and allow for a good let-down while you pump.
There is a great article on WorkandPump.com on “Better Pumping” that has great relaxation and breast compression techniques that may also help.