Tips for using the Medela swing pump with big boobs?

Discussion in 'Breastfeeding' started by jeanettekaren, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. jeanettekaren

    jeanettekaren Mummy to Finn

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    I'm not sure whether the size of my boobs is the issue but I'm struggling to express any milk at all even when Finn hasn't fed for ages. I have never managed more than an ounce at a time and that's from both boobs pumping for as long as the milk is flowing plus 5 minutes.

    I have to push the pump quite hard onto my boobs to get a decent seal and it often breaks during the pumping which I'm sure doesn't help matters.

    Does anyone have any tips? I'm sure my supply isn't that low although I do think it's lower than it should be hence the needing to pump and it is making my boobs sore as I'm squashing them so much for no reward.
     
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    ke29 Well-Known Member

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    what size is the funnel? im having the same with another medela pump and im using the largest size!
     
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    ke29 Well-Known Member

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    ive googled them and amazon have some extra large breast shields for the pump.
     
  4. jeanettekaren

    jeanettekaren Mummy to Finn

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    Thanks for that :flower: I've just had a look and i think it's definitely worth a try for a tenner. I suppose if the funnel is wider I should get a better seal around my boob without having to press down so far it leaves a mark.

    I'll let you know how I get on :thumbup:
     
  5. Leesie

    Leesie Mummy of 1

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    I used to have a similar problem. I was advised by an LC to do breast compressions while pumping and it's really worked for me. I especially find that I have to squeeze the underneath part of my boob while pumping (iykwim), apparently if you have big boobs it can be hard for a pump to drain the bottom part of the boob and can by why pumping doesn't yield a lot of milk :shrug:

    Hope that helps!
     
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    jeanettekaren Mummy to Finn

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    Great advice, I've been doing breast compressions when feeding but never thought to do the same when pumping :dohh:
     
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    ke29 Well-Known Member

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    im going to buy some also. I always lean forwards when I express as if I sit upright I dont get much if anything.
     

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