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Old May 10th, 2017, 14:07 PM   11
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I think when I'm ready to drop it, I will have to do it that way. I get clogs too easily.



 
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Old May 12th, 2017, 01:40 AM   12
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Tired. Sleeping through the night sounds amazing right about now.



 
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Old May 12th, 2017, 09:58 AM   13
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Just now joining the night pumping club! I had some supply issues from the start once my milk came in because DD wasn't emptying me out very well and I got SERIOUSLY backed up! I was probably a few days away from mastitis when a family friend helped me get DD more comfortable while nursing so she latched better and ate more efficiently. After many weeks of supply issues and supplementing to get her weight back up where it needed to be and many other things coming up and going back to work, I started staying up to pump after night feeds two nights ago. The first night went great! DD slept well and I was able to pump and sleep in between! Different story last night... DD had some gas issues, so she wasn't sleeping well. I did get to pump after the first feeding, she slept for maybe 15 mins and was up again, but I was able to pump on the side she wasn't eating on while I waited for her to be asleep enough to put her back in the bassinet. 3 hours later she was up again and fussy and gassy, so I ended up holding her in the chair the rest of the night. I would nod off here and there only to wake to her squirming and I didn't get to pump the rest of the night. My left boob was in bad shape this morning! I'm working on pumping session #2 since getting to work and some little clogs that are being really stubborn.



 
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Old May 12th, 2017, 10:00 AM   14
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I also recently bought a manual pump and discovered I respond so much better to it than my electric! I just pumped for 25-30 mins with the electric and then got out the manual pump and got almost anther ounce!



 
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Old May 12th, 2017, 12:49 PM   15
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Yes! I find the manual pump works well when I have a clog for sure because I can control it better. Man those clogs really suck!! My supply really improved with night pumping though, it took a while, but it has improved drastically!



 
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Old May 12th, 2017, 13:04 PM   16
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I'm hoping it won't take too long before I see an increase. I seem to get much better letdowns now that I'm taking fennel and drinking RRL tea. Now if I could just get a larger quantity when I get those letdowns!

I was wondering what others feel when they feel their letdowns since I haven't felt very many and read the funniest thing! One person compared it to that pressure and discomfort you feel when you really have to pee. She said it's like your boobs really have to pee! I laughed out loud! That's about the best, most accurate way I've heard it described, at least for me. Like I don't care what, my boobs just need to feed something!



 
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Old May 12th, 2017, 15:07 PM   17
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I didn't start feeling it until about 4 months in or so. I'm not sure how I would describe it... that may be an accurate way though!

I took all kinds of stuff and it never helped me. My supply started increasing when I started using a "hands on" technique. Basically I treat my boobs like they are the last tube of tooth paste! Lol and if I gets to 20 minutes and it's been 5mins or so since I've had a let down, I wait for one more. I usually end up pumping more like 25 minutes. And I play with the pump settings to find what works the best. I've never turned it higher than half way.

This has helped me by far more than anything.



 
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Old May 13th, 2017, 03:10 AM   18
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If I only started pumping when my alarm went off instead of hitting snooze, I'd be done and back to sleep by now. I get so much less sleep this way. I'll learn I guess!



 
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Old May 13th, 2017, 04:28 AM   19
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Fenugreek definitely boosted my supply, but gave DD horrible gas, so I had to quit! Then came reflux and weight gain issues and me going back to work... I've increased my supply a little bit since going back to work, but not enough yet. How much do you get in your night pumping session and how long does it take?



 
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Old May 13th, 2017, 06:28 AM   20
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Fenugreek made DS horrible gassy too. I stopped.

When I first started my night pump after my supply dropped, I only got around 2oz or so. Now I get 7-8oz! And my other pumps during the day have increased too. I pump 20-25 minutes. I just make sure to end after a let down. If I watch and I know it has been a while, I wait for one more.



 
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