I have now gone up to a 36FF and my breasts don't seem to fit in the funnel bit on the pump - I've got too much boob and my nipple won't go/fit into the pump properly. I was managing to pump a little bit until a recent growth on the boob size! (my LO is now just 5 weeks)
Anyone else have this problem and any ideas on how to solve it? Would loosing weight help?
I am managing to hand express about 50-60ml a day but only get sore nipples and 10ml on the pump, which is a shame as hand expressing is so messy. I feel like I am wasting half of it on my hands and it's not easy to do when you have a LO wanting to feed on the other boob!
Any other large breasted women managing to express on a pump?
I'm using the medela mini electric. I am only trying to put my nipple in the end of the funnel but don't seem able to - there's practically no suction to pull it in for me.
Could I have a faulty pump? Is it meant to suck really hard - or at least hard enough to pull the nipple in?
I don't use that pump, but I do believe the suction should be strong enough to pull the nipple in. A good bit of areola should also get pulled in (similar to LO sucking), so the larger flanges are for folks with larger areolas, I believe. I think it may be faulty if it's not sucking anything in.
I don't know about the mini but with the medela freestyle I can change the suction. Also if the tubing is not in right or the parts are not snapped in correctly I lose suction. Do you have a La leche league nearby?
Yes, the suction should be strong enough to pull the nipple a fair way into the tube (not quite to painful levels!), and a bit of the ariole (sp?) goes into the tube too, to create a seal.
You might want to hand-express a little first, or even just massage, to bring the milk down to the nipple before you start pumping. I do this, and generally get the first bead of milk appear within half-a-dozen pumps.
You're using a Mini - you have found that there is a spin-dial on the motor head to increase the suction level, haven't you?
And to answer the other question, larger breast shields are available from Medela UK. I did find a guide somewhere on how to know what size to get ... Here you go PDF linky
Get a larger shield OR
You've lost suction for some reason
I had a problem with loss of suction at one point. How annoying! It took me ages of replacing every bit on the thing until I got to the culprit (which was the last bit I tried, of course!). For me, it was the little white rubber funnels on the bottom of the shield that drip the milk into the bottles.
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