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Old Feb 4th, 2010, 08:11 AM   1
eldar
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Expressing pump funnel and large breasts...


....do not seem to work!

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?



 
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Old Feb 4th, 2010, 09:29 AM   2
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I am a 42H and use the medela freestyle. What pump are you using? You don't need the entire breast to go in which I am sure you know just the way you said it.

Is it a hand pump or electric?



 
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Old Feb 4th, 2010, 09:50 AM   3
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On some pumps you can buy a larger flange - maybe see if that's an option for yours?



 
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Old Feb 4th, 2010, 10:29 AM   4
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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?



 
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Old Feb 4th, 2010, 10:58 AM   5
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You can buy other funnels for the Medelas with different sizes. I bought from Safetots via Amazon. Hope this helps

Lesley



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Old Feb 4th, 2010, 11:24 AM   6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by eldar View Post
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.



 
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Old Feb 4th, 2010, 11:52 AM   7
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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?



 
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Old Feb 4th, 2010, 12:00 PM   8
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I was 34G when H was born and managed to use the Medela symphony (in hospital) and Swing (at home) without any problems...



 
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Old Feb 4th, 2010, 12:29 PM   9
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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



 
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Old Feb 4th, 2010, 17:21 PM   10
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I agree with the others... my thoughts would be:

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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