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Posted by: kagiso malao | 2012-09-20

Q.

breast pump

Hi, I have been using manual breast pump and been having problems filling it up.I only fill it up 60ml and that's when I have been going for almost an hour. I use one breast because one he does not suckle on because it had a lump that was checked but now my problem is the breast pumping. Is there anything that I can use to help so I can fill up the bottle. I am going back to work very soon and I don't want to give him formula. Please help.

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Susan de Wet Susan de Wet
- 2012-12-03

Hi Kagiso Hi If you have been successfully breastfeeding your baby, it might be necessary to check if your pump is working effectively. Also the best way to drain a breast is by breastfeeding. You could always let him breastfeed and then express any milk after the feed – this will help you “bond” with the pump and stimulate your let down reflex. http://www.medela.com/IW/en/breastfeeding/stories/story-back-to-work-janine.html is a nice resource for moms needing to express breast milk when they go back to work. You have also mentioned a lump – it may be that the breast is not producing because of the lump, or it may be that your ducts are blocked. This could be the reason for your short supply.


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