TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR PUMPING PROBLEMS

Intro section w key words – mostly about pain

The problems with pumping can be broken into two parts:

  1. Pain and discomfort
  2. How to get more milk / still feel full
  3. Technical pump problems – missing parts, things not working

I have pain or discomfort

My nipple is swollen after expressing 

Your flange size may be too big. See here for more on how to check and choose the right flange size for you.

My nipple feels like it’s being jammed or stuck in the pump flange or tunnel 

Your flange size may be too small. See here for more on how to check and choose the right flange size for you.

My nipple is sore  after expressing 

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My pump feels inefficient  

I don’t get enough milk

It takes me a long time to get letdown

Your flange size may be too big. See here for more on how to check and choose the right flange size for you.

My breast loses contact with the flange or pump when I express

Your flange size may be too big. See here for more on how to check and choose the right flange size for you.

Milk is leaking out of the pump between my breast and the flange

Your flange size may be too big. See here for more on how to check and choose the right flange size for you.

I still feel full

My breasts still feel full after I express

Your flange size may be too big. See here for more on how to check and choose the right flange size for you.

  • pumping - still feel full
  • pumping problem - still feel full
  • pumping problem - one side better than other
  • pumping problems - milk supply
  • how to pump - why no milk
  • pumping problems - no letdown
  • response:
    • replace parts
    • lube flanges
    • make sure right flange size
    • ignore bottle volumes
    • have pics/video/smell of baby if not with you
    • pump for your right duration (not just arbirary 20 minutes), you might get a second let down

My supply feels like it’s droppin 

  • Why did my supply just drop?

There are so many reasons for change in your volumes. 

Milk supply is a difficult thing. In the research, it’s often referred to as “perceived” milk supply, because often 

Here’s a list of possibilities: 

  • Timing of last feed
  • Stress levels
  • Time away from your baby
  • Time of day
  • Which breast you fed from last
  • Change in baby’s demand, perhaps decreased activity at the breast
  • Sickness – you may perceive a supply drop when you’re sick. This can be due to not nursing as much, and therefore not removing milk, or it may be due to some medications.

My pump doesn’t work

  • Will breast pump work without valve
  • Will breast pump work without membrane
  • Why breast pump doesn’t work
  • I lost or broke a valve, can I get away without it? No, unfortunately. You will have to get another one because you won’t be able to get suction. Think about sucking on a straw, without having the other end blocked by your finger. It’s always good to have spares.