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Pumping vs nursing Sarina McCallister 2 kids; Washington 51 posts
25th Apr '13

If I'm constantly making milk then why can I nurse all day and feed baby but when I pump I get like 1 or 2 little times where the milk comes out and then noting but a few drops at most and when I'm done I've only got about 2 oz?

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44070 posts
25th Apr '13

1) it depends on how good of pump u have.
2) baby is more efficient at getting milk out.
3) sometimes pumps don't trigger your milk to let down but baby will.

Flag 1 child; Newmarket, Ontario 1681 posts
25th Apr '13

Because baby gets milk out far more effectively than any pump. Some women don't respond to a pump at all.

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
25th Apr '13

A pump isn't as efficient as a baby when it comes to nursing.
Some women can nurse and have TONS of milk for 2+ years, but can never get a drop out of a pump.

nothingness Arizona 3578 posts
25th Apr '13

The pump isn't triggering your milk like baby does, and baby's pull is a lot stronger

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting lolajessup:" 1) it depends on how good of pump u have. 2) baby is more efficient at getting milk out. 3) sometimes pumps don't trigger your milk to let down but baby will."


:!:I almost NEVER get a letdown when I pump, and I pump at least once a day. When I nurse DS, I have a letdown every single time.

drunk faith1 1 child; Alabama 10081 posts
25th Apr '13

What everyone else said. A pump isn't cute and warm and snuggly like a baby, so for me, it took time to adjust to using a pump.

Bri + 1.5 <3 Due October 20 (girl); 1 child; Florida 4350 posts
25th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting lolajessup:</b>" 1) it depends on how good of pump u have. 2) baby is more efficient at getting milk out. 3) sometimes pumps don't trigger your milk to let down but baby will."</blockquote>




All of this! I have the same issue. I finally pumped five ounces yesterday, every other time I have only been able to get one or two ounces. It may help if you pump the other side while your LO is eating.

☆ Erica 1 child; Flat Rock, Michigan 1439 posts
25th Apr '13

I had the same problem so i nurse LO on one side and pump on the other, that usually helps me get all my milk out.

Sarina McCallister 2 kids; Washington 51 posts
25th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mrs. Grinch:</b>" The pump isn't triggering your milk like baby does, and baby's pull is a lot stronger"</blockquote>



Haha thanks! Not gonna lie I'm totally pumping right now and as I read this I turned my pump up and bam a ton started coming out!

Sarina McCallister 2 kids; Washington 51 posts
25th Apr '13

Thanks guys! I got an Ameda purely yours double electric pump for free from my insurance and I do respond to it just not as well as baby! I also pump after baby eats so that might be part of it.

Seth-y-Felicia 1 child; Washington 157 posts
25th Apr '13

I have photos and nursing videos so that when I'm at work I'll produce a grand total of 17-18oz over three pumping session! Without the photos and video I get maybe 3oz a session.

☆ Erica 1 child; Flat Rock, Michigan 1439 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting Seth-y-Felicia:" I have photos and nursing videos so that when I'm at work I'll produce a grand total of 17-18oz over three pumping session! Without the photos and video I get maybe 3oz a session."


Photos and videos of what?

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting ☆ I♥Emma:" Photos and videos of what? "


I'm assuming her child nursing. I've heard that it actually can help to visualize your child nursing while pumping to induce letdown, but I've never tried it before.

Seth-y-Felicia 1 child; Washington 157 posts
25th Apr '13

My little girl :) She's 6 months now.