January 2015 Moms

Help! Pump more and more ineffective...?

Help! I'm a working mom of an 8-month-old and have been using my medela pump in style advanced to pump at work. However, over the past few weeks, it seems like the pump has completely become ineffective at getting the milk out. I've replaced the membranes, tried pumping only one breast at time, and tried pumping more frequently. NOTHING HELPS! I know it's not my supply--milk is in there, and I'm able to hand express after trying with pump no problem, but hand expression is not efficient for me to do at the office. 

ANY SUGGESTIONS?! Thanks in advance for your help. [cross posted in other groups]

Re: Help! Pump more and more ineffective...?

  • Are the flanges you're using the correct size? I had issues pumping with DD1 and i was using the flanges that came with the pump when in reality I should have been using a larger size. Is there enough suction? If not it could be a defect with the pump. If you just got it with this kid, they have a 1 year warranty and you can call the company to get a replacement.
    BFP #1 7/1/2009 ~ EDD 3/9/2010 ~ Ella Adeline (7lbs 4 oz, 19.5 inches) 3/5/2010 csection (39w3d)
    BFP #2 7/13/2011 ~ EDD 3/16/2012 ~Aubree Olivia (9lbs 1oz, 21 inches) 3/15/2012 VBAC (39w6d)
    BFP #3 5/15/2014 ~ EDD 1/16/2015~Addison Isabelle (9lbs, 0oz, 21 inches) 1/25/2015 2VBAC (41w2d)
    BFP #4 7/20/2016 ~ EDD 3/25/2017 ~ Malachi Mathew (10lbs 0oz, 22 inches) 4/4/2017 emergency csection (41w3d)

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