Pumping

Resources, questions and advice on pumping, storing and feeding expressed breastmilk to your child.

Elvie Pump

Does anyone have an Elvie pump? Reviews?

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 ?

  • 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

Motif Twist Breastpump

Has anyone used the Motif Twist Automatic BreastPump? What is your opinion of Motif products?

Does anyone have experience using Kiinde pumping/feeding items?

A co worker was raving on about this system. I’m about to have baby #2 and am wondering if it’s worth it to switch over. I used just a normal medela pumping stuff and normal milk bags with dr brown bottles the first time around.

  • Aida
    Sunday

    I used the medela pump with the Kinde system the first time around. I like the convenience of the bags, much easier to use for me than the medela zip bags or bottles, as I only used the medela bottles to express and needed something else to store the milk in. This time around will be using the same pump, but thinking of just getting the Kinde bags and not the whole system.

  • Jasmine Jimenez
    Monday

    I tried it out because they sent me a months worth of free stuff! It was an okay system. It makes sense. But the bags are something like DOUBLE the price of lansinoh bags/or medela. That just seems insane to me. I’d rather just do dishes and wash a bottle than waste more money 🤣

Surge of happiness before pumping breastmilk?

Has anyone experienced this? Right before i start pumping i get this weird overwhelming feeling of happiness, to the point where I'm on the verge of tears. It only lasts a few seconds. My milk starts to express right away and then the feeling subsides. I dont particularily enjoy pumping itself but this happens to me before every single session. I know oxytocin is responsible for milk let-do... More

  • Megan
    Wednesday

    I start laughing and get surges of happiness when my daughter is nursing and I have a big let down! I thought it was strange too but just thought I’d let you know you’re not the only one!

  • Mimi
    Wednesday

    Thanks! I'm glad I'm not the only one, although it's weird that I mostly feel that way when I start pumping and not so much with nursing... And I also need to be relaxed to be able to pump. Hearing a baby cry actually makes me feel stressed and milk just won't come out, no matter how full I am.

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Feb 12

Working moms: how often do you pump at work/how long does it take?

I am evaluating changing jobs after my leave, and I’d be starting a new job 5-6 months after my daughter is born. I’d like to try to breastfeed until she’s one, but I’m worried about how to make it work. At that point, how many times a day should I expect to be pumping, and how long does each session take? I’ll have a Spectra S1 (and possibly a Willow, a gift from a friend). The company I h... More

  • Tiana
    Feb 17

    https://www.worklawyers.com/lactation-break-law-california/ the law is on your side. Look up the specifics and ensure that you’re getting what you need.

  • Myrtle
    Feb 23

    Everybody’s different but my milk supply was pretty sensitive when I was away from my babies so if I did not pump every two hours my supply would diminish. With my first child people told me I needed to pump for 10 to15 minutes so that’s what I did. With the second I did not pump for a certain length of time but just until I got the volume I wanted usually 3 to 4 ounces (usually took 5 to 10 mi... More

A posted in Breastfeeding Feb 11

Supply increase after a year

Any tips on increasing supply after 1year. I’d like to build up my freezer stash so he can drink BM well into 2 years especially if I were to discontinue feeding him ....I tried pumping last weekend along with feeding and became completely frustrated since I only got about an ounce I’ve also been taking fenugreek- any suggestions are appreciated

  • Sara
    Feb 11

    The best thing you can do to increase supply is nurse and/or pump more often. In the beginning you won't get much since your supply has regulated but if you continue to stimulate the breast with more pumping or nursing then eventually your body will establish more supply to keep up with demand. However, I'd caution against trying to really increase your supply just so you can build a s... More

  • A
    Feb 12

    Thank you all appreciate the input

Drying Up Breastmilk Concerns

I've started the process of drying up my milk. I was already nursing my 9 month old on a 4 hour feeding schedule (he sleeps through the night, so it was basically 4 feedings a day). Last week I nursed him morning and bedtime, gave him bottles for the middle two, and only pumped once during. Then for about three days I dropped the midday pump, and then dropped the morning feeding. I offical... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 26

    My doctor told me to take Sudafed to dry up! It helped dry me up. In addition, I iced them when they were sore. If you are worried I’d say just try hand expressing a small amount in the shower. Obviously you wanna avoid mastitis, even if you delay a complete dry up for a few days to prevent it. For me, I never touched mine, I completely let them be and I was fine. But of course all boobs are d... More

Lisa posted in Pumping Jan 07

Hands-free breast pump vs. cord mess?

I'm interested in the simplicity of a hands-free breast pump, like Willow, but I am curious to hear from real people who have used this product and compared it to the Medela Symphony or other stationary/corded pump?

  • Kay
    Jan 09

    Hi there, I’ve been using the Willow since November and have had nothing but issues. I have three kids so I was so excited to use a hand free pump! The first time I got mastitis I stopped using the Willow and used my standard Medela instead. The issue would get resolved by pumping with the Medela or being put on a prescription. I’ve had clogged ducts due to using the Willow pump as well. After... More

  • Kay
    Jan 09

    Congrats by the way!

Random Let-Down

Has anyone else experienced this?: My 8 month old is on a feeding schedule, so my let down occurs during those times even if I'm away from him and have to pump later than the feeding time. The past two days I have had two random let downs at times that are not his normal feeding time. This has never happened to me before, so I wanted to see if I wasn't alone. I should mention that I... More

  • Maranda
    Jan 06

    This is totally normal. I’ve been breastfeeding for over 2 years now, and I had random let downs for the first year.

  • Kristina
    Jan 06

    Maranda, thank you! It's never happened before, so I wasn't sure if something was wrong or maybe it was hormones from my period.

Growth spurt - pump at similar intervals??

If baby is having a growth spurt and it started during the week while I’m pumping at work at normal intervals, it would make sense that my milk doesn’t match to her needs right? So by the time the weekend is over, my supply should increase to meet her demands and I should pump at simile intervals (2 hours versus 3 hours?)

  • Anonymous
    Jan 04

    Correct. Although, growth spurts usually only last up to a week (well for us)

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Jan 03

Drop in supply

Baby is 6 months old, barely started BLW for maybe 2 meals over the holidays. My usual “fullness” (not engorgement, that was during my mat leave so I know it’s not enforcement), no longer happens when it’s about time to nurse/pump. Been back at work 2 days now and I’m barely making enough for baby’s bottles (today I had 10 oz.) whereas I use to make a little more, and would freeze maybe 1-2 bag... More

  • Kerry
    Jan 03

    Your welcome, I hope that helps. Mothers milk tea is also supposed to help. I only pumped for 6 weeks so cant say wether it works or not.

  • Frida
    Feb 01

    Have you tried the mother’s milk tea? That helps me whenever I feel like I’m not making enough, and just drink lots of water!

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Dec 21, 2018

Breast pump recommendations

Hi everyone, I am currently in between the Ameda Finesse breast pump and the Evenflow Deluxe. I am someone who needs a lighter, convenient pump since I'll be attending grad school and will have to pump in school. These I've found are the most convenient and easy to clean but I wanted to see if anyone had personal experiences with either of them and what you would recommend!. Thanks in advance!

  • Lisa
    Dec 21, 2018

    I had the Medela in style advanced, it was nice and light weight, and it was free through my insurance with a prescription from my OB for it about 1 month before I gave birth. If not near a water source, Medela also makes sanitizing wipes to clean the parts till the next use, or till you get home to clean more thoroughly

Breast pumps

Thinking about getting a new breast pump-I have an old manual one that I’m thinking about replacing...kind of interested in the haakaa, thoughts?

  • AVG
    Dec 16, 2018

    I had the haakka, worked great but wasn’t able to self pump milk. Only catch the let down from the boob I wasn’t nursing from. However it would sometimes fall if not suctioned well. Would catch about 3-4.5 oz sometimes.

  • Kristina
    Dec 17, 2018

    Some health insurances pay for a breast pump. I went with Medela because they have great customer services. I just emailed them with my insurance information and I got a pump in 1-2weeks and didn’t have to pay for it!! And it’s a great pump.

Im weaning my son but I cant figure out how to put him to sleep without the boob.

He never took a bottle or got used to a pacifier.

  • Ira
    Dec 15, 2018

    Try using sippy cup. My son was like that too. His pedia recommended to use a sippy cup and it works for him.

Sudden breastfeeding pain

My daughter is 5.5 months old. Breastfeeding and pumping hasn’t been painful since the very beginning. Now it hurts. Not constantly during a feeding or pumping session, but definitely noticeable. Is this normal? She is teething. Maybe that has something to do w it?

  • Marisa
    Dec 17, 2018

    I started my period. I’m doing some research about breastfeeding and menstruation. “Nipple tenderness occurs for some women during ovulation, during the days before a period, or at both times.”

  • Angel
    Dec 17, 2018

    I have/had this ever single cycle.

Anonymous posted in Products & Gear Dec 12, 2018

Which breast pump for FT working mom

I have been using Medela for about two months now, but it seems to lose power over time. I hear a leak somewhere. My breasts still feel full after a twenty minute pumping session. Plus, the machines so freaking loud! My whole office can hear it and its embarrassing. One part finally broke (thanks to my hubby who tried to disassemble it and help me clean the parts yesterday). I am considering... More

  • Cheri
    Dec 13, 2018

    Recently switched to the Spectra S1 (with the rechargeable battery). So worth it and much better than what I’d been using for the first six months (Ameda Purely Yours). Quieter and better suction (strong but not uncomfortable).

  • Myrtle
    Dec 15, 2018

    I agree that your pump should still be working so I would contact the manufacturer to try and get it replaced. In the meantime probably you need to rent a pump. The Medela freestyle has a battery so it’s portable. I noticed that sporadically the pump didn’t work as well to get my milk out (even though there was nothing wrong with the pump). I learned how to hand express which was super helpful ... More

how much bottled pumped milk to leave for babysitter?

Our first night out is this weekend (yay!), and a friend is babysitting. My LO (almost 4 months) is breastfed on demand and tends to be a grazer - she nurses enthusiastically for 5-8 min,takes a break, & eats again, 3 or 4 times. And many evenings she seriously clusterfeeds. She has recently started taking a 4-6 oz bottle of pumped milk (success!!) but usually breastfeeds also within a coup... More

  • Raji
    Dec 11, 2018

    I would leave one 4 oz bottles and 3 2 oz bottles. This way she won’t go hungry n won’t necessarily waste any.

  • Kim
    Dec 11, 2018

    I would leave 12oz., 6-8oz thawed and the rest frozen as a backup. If you are gone that long you will probably need to pump while you are out to A) keep your supply up, and B) relieve yourself so you don’t get engorged. I will travel with a hand pump since they are smaller for a night out or when on the road.

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Dec 09, 2018

Time to throw in the towel on breastfeeding?

So my LO is almost 15 months and still breastfeeding. I was in the ER this weekend and diagnosed with Shingles. Since then she won’t nurse from me. She will take a cup or bottle but when I offer her to breastfed morning or night she just sits there and refuses. I don’t want to force it because honestly I’m hurting and exhausted but still heartbroken this might be the end of our journey. I was h... More

  • Sara
    Dec 10, 2018

    If you're not ready to stop then it doesn't have to be the end. If you're sick it can reduce supply and also certain antibiotics and medications can change the taste of breastmilk. When you recover so will your supply and your daughter may go back to nursing just fine. Of course if you're ready to stop then you should but don't feel like you have.

  • Anonymous
    Dec 10, 2018

    My rash is on my neck and head so it can be covered

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