Posted in Breastfeeding, Pumping

Having problems with breastfeeding

So I've been trying to pump and it's been working for my left boob but on my right boob hardly any milk comes out, and now my right boob is starting to hurt and it's getting firmer and I dont know what to do ! Can anyone give advice ?

  • Lyndsi
    Mar 16

    You can always try self expressing before pumping to see if that helps your milk come down. When I was having some pumping issues I contacted a local La Leche League and they were super helpful!

  • Kristen
    Mar 16

    Sometimes one side can have a slower let down, or the pump settings that work on one side may be too gentle or aggressive for the other side. My right was always more sluggish than my left, and I needed to keep expression mode on or it would stop draining. Also, try some gentle heat and compression on the breast. Definitely contact a professional if it you still can’t get anything out!

  • Kristen
    Mar 16

    Also, if nothing is being expressed and you are getting engorged you may have a clogged duct. Heat, massage and gravity (lean forward when pumping) may help with that as well. Clogged ducts are awful and I had to do some pretty aggressive massage and marathon pumping sessions with my chest between my knees to finally get it to unclog.

  • Lisa
    Mar 16

    Nice hot shower before you pump, and massage the breast. Then be sure all parts are set up correctly, may be the pump line has a whole on one side. Be sure to pump every 4 hours or so for about 30 min to have optimal output. The more regular you pump the more total volume in a day you will make... and yes you must pump overnight