I have noticed lately I get little or no milk when pumping, but I have some success when expressing by hand. I have tried different speed and suction settings. Could you offer some tips on how I can be more successful pumping?
Gentle massage of the breasts before and during pumping has been found to result in getting more milk out during pumping as can a warmed breast flange with use of our Therapearl Gel Packs which can be heated according to the instructions and wrapped around the pump flanges. It depends on how long you have been pumping as well. If you just started, it may take some time for your body to get used to pumping. It would also be a good idea to ensure your flanges are the proper size as a flange that is too small or too large can affect your milk output. See the tips below and if you see too much room you would need to move down a size; if your nipple is squeezed in the tunnel, you would move up a size.
- Your nipple should move freely in the tunnel of the flange.
- Your areola should have little or no tissue inside the tunnel of the flange.
- You should not experience pain in your nipple.
- You should not see a white circle at the base of the nipple, nor should your nipple turn white from squeezing