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Name: JessicaL
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Hi there moms.
I have a 5 month old and am starting back to work on Monday. I'm nervous because although I have been using my Medela Mini Electric breastpump 2 to 3 times a day for a week and once a day for the two weeks previous, I'm still only getting 1 oz. of breastmilk total each time! And it's really hard work. I've tried everything: warm compresses, massaging, switching sides several times, feeding baby on the other breast while pumping...
Will it get better or do I maybe need a different pump? How would I know if there's something wrong with the motor? I'll often break the suction and then put the breastshield on again if nothing's coming out and as a result I'll get a good flow for about 3 sucks and then it stops again. That's what makes me wonder if it's me or my pump that's the problem. Thanks for your help.
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Name: red87 | Date: Aug 5th, 2008 10:25 PM
Hmm, I use the Madela had pump and I usually get at least 3oz per breast. it could be the pump...or some people say that baby can get a lot more than a pump does... 

Name: mamal | Date: Aug 6th, 2008 1:10 AM
It does kind of sound like the pump. Is your breastsheild the right size (they make different sizes)? I would suggest renting a hospital pump for a month and see if this makes a difference but sometimes mom just doesn't produce well for the pump.

Another way to go is milk increasers. Make sure you are drinking enough water every day (very important for supply), try and eat some oatmeal (another milk booster) and you could also try some natural herbs (fenugreek, blessed thistle, mother's milk tea, brewer's yeast, etc.) Good Luck and I hope this helps! 

Name: LindsayK | Date: Aug 6th, 2008 12:50 PM
I also think it's probably your pump. I had the same problem with my first pump. It was a Gerber electric one. It was a hand me down from a family member and the motor slowly gave out. I had much better luck with the Avent manual pump. But I only used it once in awhile, I never returned to work. Now, b/c of the BPA issues I returned my Avent pump to a retailer and purchased a Medela manual one for my baby that is due in 3 weeks. I hope it works as well as the Avent one. I really liked it. 

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Name: sapslucymom | Date: Aug 17th, 2008 10:57 PM
With the shell sizing you will need to make sure that the nipple is going into the tube and that some of the areola is as well. Also if the breast is comressing that is a really good sign. The point is that it needs to be able to compress the breast enough so as to drain the sinuses. The most standard is the Medela 24mm, but they can either go down in size or up and it doesn't mean that if you have the biggest breast then you need the biggest shell. Just that the movement is correct. Hope this helps. 

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