Expressing Breast Milk: I’m Back for Another Round

breast milk expressing

Just a little life update that I know you’ll find absolutely riveting: I’m back on the old “breastmilk expressing” regime. Which means that the (approximately) one spare hour that I get every day (between 9pm and 10pm) is spent connected to a wheezing, vibrating gadget having my nipple repeatedly sucked down a funnel. You might think that this sounds like a good night in (it takes all sorts) but it’s altogether a thankless task. I know from reading my previous posts that it gets better, but honestly: it’s like trying to collect unicorn’s tears.

I was in two minds as to whether I’d even bother expressing this time around – I only have two weeks or so until I start weaning Ted, and I did just think that I’d whack him some formula if I needed to be away from him for short periods of time. (The only reason I expressed with Angelica, and the same for Ted, is so that I could get out and about and do meetings in town without having to lug a baby with me.) But then I started getting Mum Guilt, because I breastfed Angelica for a year and I felt as though I should do the same for Ted (give me strength, the things we beat ourselves up over!) and before I knew what had happened, I found myself rooting about in the back of the utility room cupboards, trying to find the attachments for the breast pump.

Interesting note: I’m using the Medela again, because the Avent stopped working and I can’t find the other one that I reviewed. Both of those actually had much more comfy funnels (if funnels are what they are called) but the machinery part apparently couldn’t cope with my enthusiastic usage.

So I’ve expressed four “bottles” of milk now (truthfully, I’ve collected about four ounces in total!) and it all seems like such a faff. Sitting there like a cow in a milking parlour, the indignity of it all, the fact that you have to watch Game of Thrones with the annoying murmur of the breast pump constantly in the background. The fact that you have to sit unnaturally upright, or even tilted forward a bit, so that the milk doesn’t run down your body rather than into the bottle… Le sigh.

The most soul-destrying part is that Ted doesn’t even want to drink the milk out of the bottle! I know that this happened last time (read From Boob to Bottle: The Second Hurdle) but nothing prepares you for how ridiculously precious you are over your hard-won expressed milk. I carry it to the fridge like I’m in possession of the Elixir of Life. Even if I spill a drop onto my boob as I take the funnel (?) off, I’m disproportionately annoyed. I actually rolled a large drop from my skin back into the bottle yesterday, which is a new low in the “Ruth’s Bizarre Behaviour” books.

Anyway, I’ll keep you updated on my progress, boobs, bottles and all. Anyone else in the throes of milk-pumping boredom at the moment? Also, has anyone tried one of those crazy bras with holes cut out so that you can “wear” your breastpump and keep your hands free? Report back, please…

Things in the picture: Medela Swing Pump, here*, brilliant book on breastfeeding The Food of Love, here* and an unexpectedly delicious snack thing from Deliciously Ella. I found it mouldering in the back of the spice drawer and decided to snack on it. Risky, as I hadn’t even checked the sell-by date, but it seemed the sort of dense texture that would never go off…

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  1. Wendy
    July 19, 2017 / 10:16 am

    I had to express when I first had my daughter as she was in hospital and with machines attached to her, incredibly difficult to feed, I put a little petroleum jelly on the rim of the funnel to form a better seal – it kind of worked, I also sobbed every time I lost a spot of milk (probably the hormones)!

  2. Laura
    July 19, 2017 / 11:03 am

    Good luck! It’s such an huge pain. I found that it was very hard to express much of anything at night or in the afternoon. I finally figured out how to balance the babe and hook up the medela swing at the same time for first feed in the morning and it was a miracle. So much more milk comes out when pumping and feeding baby at the same time. Fills the full 4-5oz in 10 min off one breast!!

    • July 23, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      That would be my suggestion too. It’s a little weird doing both at the same time, especially if your little one is older, but the milk literally pours out of you if you do this. I found if I was watching a movie or show at the same time, I’d get hardly any milk so that defeated the purpose.

      • Sophie Morley
        July 25, 2017 / 1:18 pm

        Ooow this sounds good. I’m going to give it a try when my little one arrives. Much more efficient expressing at the same time as feeding! thank you xxx

        • Sharon
          July 25, 2017 / 9:24 pm

          What a good idea! I never thought of that. I intensely hated pumping and it was so uncomfortable and having to hold those funnels to your boobs was that worst and not having a free hand. The funny thing is is that I barely used the milk I ended up pumping. It was just easier to lug a bit of formula out and about than the milk. And I’ve done the same with collecting every drop of milk off the boob. Lol ah to look forward to doing more of that in a few short months.

          • Rona
            July 28, 2017 / 6:49 am

            Absolutely agree! I’m sitting having a cup of tea at 7.30am with a medela swing attached to my right boob and it’s soo much quicker at this time of day. If you’re feeling really enthusiastic during an overnight feeding I did express a couple of times at 3/4am which was spectacularly quick, but on balance I generally want the sleep more!
            We also introduced the medela Calma bottles to our baby at 4weeks old. The teats are supposed to mimic a nipple (something about a vacuum system!) and she seems to have taken to it well!

            Good luck Ruth, keep us abreast (lol) of the situation. Xxx

    • Le
      July 28, 2017 / 9:34 am

      Tried expressing and feeding at the same time after reading this reply – it totally works! Thank you for this golden tip!

  3. Verity
    July 19, 2017 / 11:42 am

    Urgh the old expressing murmur…the faff and yes more prized than champagne and then the heartbreak if you knock a bottle over.
    Not tried one of those bras however top tip I found invaluable (why don’t they teach this in nct!?!?)…two hair bands joined together…one goes over the funnel and the other on your bra front hook, rest your boob in your bra cup and low and behold…free hands!!!!

    • Franks
      October 2, 2017 / 4:35 pm

      Thank you for this tip! I have been expressing a tiny amount of unicorn tears as I was advised by the midwife to top up each feed with 40ml when he wasn’t gaining weight. As he was only 10 days old & I had no milk when expressing this seemed like a mountain of a task and only way was expressing at the same time as feeding which means an unaturally upright position – not the laid back BF I was aiming for. The hair tie trick saved me! I have now discovered the haakaa pump which can get me a nice little 70ml at each feed without even trying (little guy is only 17 days old so still early days) x

  4. Jody
    July 19, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    Try a silicone pump! Just whack it on the opposite side to the one you are using when you feed Ted. When the “let down” starts, it magically fills up! I was sceptical before trying it, but I wouldn’t be without it now. Easy to use and clean, plus it’s hands-free once it’s on. I got mine on Amazon for about a tenner.

      • Ashleigh
        July 23, 2017 / 6:03 am

        Haakaa silicone pump from new Zealand is pretty awesome! Also I tried medela but spectra s9 won hands down. I breastfed my 1st for 1 5months so I totally understand how awful it can be to pump…

    • Katherine
      July 21, 2017 / 10:24 am

      I’ve got a silicone pump too and it’s amazing! I easily collect about 3-4oz during a feed. Much better than it just all going into the breastpad x

    • Jools
      July 22, 2017 / 10:20 pm

      Another vote for a silicon pump (Haakka or NatureBond). They are so great!

    • Tanja
      July 27, 2017 / 1:29 pm

      We are also using the silicone pump. Much easier than any handheld or electric pump. Though I have to be careful with baby girl. She loves to yank it off my breast as soon as I’m not looking…

  5. Lydia
    July 19, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    I’m a GP and actually working while pumping wearing a sports bra with two holes cut into it for the funnels 🙂
    I’m doing the admin and the occasional phone call and not seeing patients obviously. Looking forward to weaning my little boy at 6 months in September and stop the pumping which I dislike just as much as you, Ruth!

    • July 19, 2017 / 5:51 pm

      Haha, I would LOVE it if you saw patients like that.

  6. E.
    July 19, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    Arg, I had written a very long comment and the page reloaded, crashed and I lost everything… 🙁
    So I try again…
    I’ve been reading this blog from the start, long before trying for a baby. It’s so well written, funny but informative, and not afraid to say the truth and talk about the less fun (and less known aspects) of having a baby. Now that I have my own baby I’ve been reading everything with a new eye, and I cannot thank you enough for all the information and advice I found on here.
    I have recently reread the expression posts, as I started pumping my milk a few weeks ago. So I am quite new to this. However, I researched this and got very good advices from a lactation consultant, so I think it could be useful.
    Because expressing is not just mechanics, plug the machine and let it work. When you feed your baby, your body reacts to its presence, seeing him, hearing him, smelling him, all that helps the milk to come. And the baby also has a technique to improve milk flow: he first makes quick and not too strong suctions and then when the milk starts flowing, switches to longer (in time and, hum, teat elongation) suctions. All this is the justification for the following advices:
    – when expressing, especially when not used to do it, think about your baby, look at pictures of him, smell one of his (not too dirty) pajamas. Or think about times when the milk flows very easily.
    – being relaxed also helps. And warm. The cold closes the milk canals
    – mimic the baby technique: first quick suction with low vacuum and then when the milk starts dripping, longer with stronger vaccum. (But I think the medela pump does that)
    – also, the “funel” size is very important, for comfort AND for getting more milk. Have a look on medela’s website for instruction on choosing the right size (they have 5 different sizes I think)
    Finally using a double pump which express both breast at the same time will be quicker (obviously) but also yield more milk (and I think better quality, fatter or something) than one side and then the other
    Expressing should take about 10-15 minutes per breast. You can always collect several small quantities over a day
    I hope this will help!

  7. Carly
    July 19, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    I breastfed my first for a little over a year and am hoping to do the same with the second when he arrives (in about 2 months!). I got an ugly pumping bra off Amazon and was skeptical about it, but it ended up being invaluable to me! I pumped a lot during the last 6-7 months or so of the breastfeeding process, because I was back at work and needed to. It was great to have my hands free to read, knit, or play around on my phone. It made the whole exercise feel more like ‘me time’ instead of being a dreaded task. Good luck with expressing!

    • July 19, 2017 / 5:50 pm

      Right, I’m going to cut a hole in my bra tonight! : )

  8. Ncf21
    July 19, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    In France you can hire super high-powered pumps – I had a Medela Symphony which was industrial strength, and managed to express enough to last for the first 2 months of daycare for my daughter. We got a special mini-freezer for the bags of milk and I used to head to the nanny’s with one of those special bags for frozen foods to stock her freezer up… I recall feeling like a milch cow with constant pumping away. When the rental company courrier came to collect the pump after all those weeks I did feel quite sad, as if losing a trusted friend…

    • July 19, 2017 / 5:50 pm

      I feel I need to test more breast pumps!! Do the stronger ones get more milk out even if there’s not much in there? Ijust feel as though I’m low on supply!

      • Katie
        July 19, 2017 / 6:13 pm

        I pumped for almost all of my little one’s feeds as she was 7 weeks prem and never really got the hang of bfeeding – the spectra s1 is by far the best pump I tried, can get on Amazon for about £130. It’s a double pump, really quiet, rechargeable battery so can pump on the move and has a nightlight if you need to pump next to sleeping baby (or for night feeds haha!) That and a simple wishes hands free bra were a godsend!

      • Kelly Cummins
        July 19, 2017 / 10:39 pm

        I live in the US, so I’m unsure if renting hospital-grade pumps is an option, but as a mom who had to pump exclusively due to low milk supply and having babies who had difficulty nursing, I would recommend looking into a more efficient pump. I opted to pump for six months whilst also supplementing with formula. It wasn’t ideal, but having a pump that allowed me to express milk out of both breasts was a huge help.

        I believe that from what I’ve read they do provide a higher level of suction and are able to get a bit more milk out.

  9. Annie
    July 19, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    I had to pump because my kiddo wasn’t into the boob. I actually made a hands-free bra from a cheap sports bra. Put the bra on, then place the funnels where you would normally wear them. Use a pen to mark where you need an opening, take the bra off and use scissors. As I was pumping up to eight times a day/night, being hands free was invaluable.

    • July 19, 2017 / 5:49 pm

      Oh my God, 8 times a night. You absolute hero. x

  10. Josie
    July 19, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    +1 who discovered pumping during morning feeding. Works wonders compared to Netflix pumping!

  11. July 19, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    I have made one of these bras myself, from an old bf bra that I just cut a small slit in. I had to pump hours over hours for both my kids to keep supply up because I was constantly low on milk. That way I would pump when kids were sleeping and I was working on the laptop.
    Can’t say I miss this time…

    • July 19, 2017 / 5:48 pm

      Oh that’s a good idea! Doing that tonight.

      • Sarah
        July 19, 2017 / 8:40 pm

        I bought one of those pumping bustiers. Life changing! Now I can troll the uphill while lounging in style. Husband says I look like a fem-bot in cosplay.

      • Jo Orton
        July 20, 2017 / 9:19 am

        Tried that too but it has to be a really tight fitting bra – not as good as medela one for me as not secure fitting enough..

  12. Rosie
    July 19, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    I pumped enough for a few feeds to see if mine would take a bottle. Now that I know he will I’m just going to try formula as I find expressing so tedious. With my eldest I had a wedding to go to and I was so stressed about the amount of milk I would need to express for him, in the end he had formula for the day. I know not everyone would want to do this but I prefer it.

  13. Sarah
    July 19, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I started expressing almost immediately, but we had some challenges. Now I’m pumping once a day but exclusively breast feeding otherwise. At this point everything I pump is going into the freezer. My husband says I’m like Golum with my “stash” of milk (over 6000 mls from my last count). I’m actually sharing about 1800 mls with a friend who had a significant drop in supply since she’s returned to work.

    I hated pumping (and still do), but much like my hoarding obsession with all things makeup, I get a thrill seeing the jumbled stacks of frozen milk bullying the ice cream for space. My goal is to build up enough of a supply that I still have milk to give her when we try for our second and I wean next year.

  14. Fiona
    July 19, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    Expressing brings back horrible memories. Not an enjoyable experience, in my case it was enforced by the NHS due to too much weight loss on day 3…
    Anyway, my milk quickly came in and minimal expressing has been done since then. I can however recommend you a bottle for Ted that we’ve found really good for the transition – the Munchkin Latch range. Really really good, and the wee blue valve in the bottom seems to have made all the difference for us second baby!! Good luck – but you don’t need it.

  15. Deena
    July 20, 2017 / 3:21 am

    At my local NHS hospital, you could rent the industrial sized Medela breast pump by the month. Best machine I’ve ever used. Yes it’s big and therefore not particularly convenient but if you’re planning on sitting down anyway you get the most milk ever!

  16. Danielle
    July 20, 2017 / 7:42 am

    1. If you can absolutely pump both boobs at the same time research shows its best for output- immediately after a feed if possible as also you’ll be getting the last bits of the good fatty milk out of the just fed boob not just the watery first stuff.
    2. Make sure youre using the right size funnel, I switched down to a small after finding out about them and my output increased measurably- check the website for measurements it may help.
    3. I’ve used both the medela symphony and the medela swing duo- I was told by the lactation specialist in SCBU that the pumps are the same strength it’s just that the symphony is designed to be battered 24/7 by multiple users for several years whilst the motor in the home versions is the same strength but more affordable as the components can only cope with a single user’s typical use for a couple of years.

  17. July 20, 2017 / 8:27 am

    Hi Ruth, I’m kind of in breastfeeding no mans land at the mo and would love to hear that it gets better! My baby girl is 10 months old and has exclusively breastfed since birth. I’m very grateful that I’ve had no problems in this area (bar the time I had a blocked milk duct & had to stick a pin in my nipple to free things up but hey, that’s another story)! I’ve even managed to express successfully. But (and it’s a big but) she will not take a bottle! I have a freezer full of the precious stuff and will she have it? Will she heck! She’s never slept through the night and still wakes roughly every 3 hours so consequently I’m pretty much tied to her 24/7. Tell me it gets better & one day I will sleep again!!! So much respect to you for coping so amazingly with 2 & working all hours of the day! I’m in awe!

    • July 20, 2017 / 12:10 pm

      Yeah we had the same thing – in the end I just went out for ages and she got hungry enough that she had to take it!!! Also, things changed dramatically when I put her into her own room. I did a nightmare week or so of having to sit in there in the dark on a beanbag through the night, feeding, but then she just stopped with the night feeds. x

  18. Jo Orton
    July 20, 2017 / 9:15 am

    I use the Ameda Lactaline recommended to me by a very experienced maternity nurse and I have to say it’s brilliant.. quieter than medela, slightly less expensive.. and gentle on the boob. I definitely go double and I use the medela bra – a total godsend! I’m able to actually do emails or even start cooking dinner (I know he image is frightful – I’m amazed my husband is still with me) but time is too precious to be bound to just milking.. not to mention insanely boring. I made lactation cookies (made with brewers yeast) and that really made a difference to my yield as well as fenugreek capsule which I’m sure you mwill got have tried.. I have a 10 month year old boy and preggy already (whoops! Needed help first time round so that was a lovely but definitely surprise!) Good luck. Love your blog so very much x jo

    • Jo Orton
      July 20, 2017 / 9:17 am

      Sorry English is my first language- just terrible checking over typos x

  19. Marie
    July 20, 2017 / 11:35 am

    You can hire a dual, hospital standard machine from Medela which is very efficient as you can pump both breasts at the same time. Just be careful not to crank the power up too much, too quickly as I did, causing a burst blood vessel in my boob! Also pump in the morning when the milk supply is more plentiful if possible. Those are my tips for maximum milk production, I should have been a dairy farmer!

    Formula is a good alternative too if you haven’t the luxury of time to express .

  20. Elaine
    July 20, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    Try the Haakaa silicone pump, very handy for collecting from one breast while feeding from the other. You’re a superstar 🙂

  21. Kimi
    July 20, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    I took an old sports bra, the soft bralette style kind, cut two slits in the nip-area. Viola! instant pumping bra.

  22. Sadie
    July 20, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Definitely get a double pump! So much quicker and more effective

  23. Linda
    July 21, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    I couldn’t cope with expressing, I have 5 bottles in the freezer for emergency reasons didn’t mangaged to collect more in 4 month, then I stopped trying. Since my little one eats 3 meals a day and he doesn’t need that much breastfeeding anymore.
    If you need a bottle, try this one, I have one here, this is the ony one he took. https://www.amazon.de/Baby-Trinkflasche-Very-Hungry-240ml-EU/dp/B00478UG46/ref=sr_1_2?s=baby&ie=UTF8&qid=1500667574&sr=1-2&keywords=Mimijumi

    Good luck

  24. Antra
    July 21, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    I struggled to get much from my Swing with bub 1, and the first five months of bub 2 (now eight months). Then I bought a cheap Tommee Tippee manual pump and it has CHANGED MY LIFE. I can usually pump out 150ml pretty quick and it’s so much easier to travel with (I can even pump milk in the car – husband driving of course! – if baby gets fussy on long car trips and we need a way to quiet her).

  25. Ali
    July 22, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    I had huge struggles breast feeding my baby and she is now bottle fed aged 3 months. I really admire any breastfeeding mother. It is not easy and nothing prepares you for it. I had a very low supply and then a cyst but found the medela pump good for my one working boob. What I would say though is that I do think mum guilt can hold us back sometimes from doing what is right for baby. I battled and battled for 8 weeks with my feeding and had a very unhappy baby and a very unhappy me. My tiny bits of free time were spent pumping (for no milk) and really I should have been sleeping. Those first two months were an emotional rollercoaster and really I should have just been enjoying my baby. We moved on to the HIPP organic formula and have not looked back. Satisfied baby and a rested mummy….but I do still feel sad that I could not feed for longer.

    You have two children and are probably very short of time. If you find it difficult to have the time to express for Ted then you should not feel guilty. He will not resent you in future years for it…it won’t even cross his mind. I am a teacher of reception children and I can tell you for certain that there is no distinguishing between children who were breastfed for a year, breastfed for 6 months and not breastfed at all. The most important thing for your babies is that they are surrounded by loving family and I’m sure Ted won’t mind if you manage to get an extra hour of sleep each night so that you can be extra energetic for him and Angelica, rather than being up late tied to a pump.

  26. Jazna
    July 23, 2017 / 6:17 am

    Hey Ruth,
    I have been a ‘quiet’ reader of your blog for a while now. I finally have ‘bothered’ to comment because I feel ya hun.

    I am a surgeon and a mum of two (3 yrs and almost 4 months old) and both times the pump has been the boon and bane of my life! I hate it, but I also love it. Do I make any sense at all?

    With my first I had six months off from work and therefore I had to pump but it somehow wasn’t half as bad as pumping for a newborn. With my son now, I have had to return back to full time work in a little less than two months. And boy have I had to pump! I spent my maternity leave, nursing and pumping. That is all I did. I even did manage to build the hallowed FREEZER STASH.

    I am not a formula hater, far from it. But somehow, breastfeeding has always been the easier, less faffy option for me. Thankfully, I have not had any supply, or latch issues. But pumping makes me feel like a cow, and I’m not particularly fond of it. I look at it like my arm day in the gym, I don’t enjoy it one bit but I do it nevertheless, just to get it done.

    For me, the key to pumping is:-
    1. Good, strong pump (I use the Medela Pump in Style, I know the swing is almost as good)
    2. Consistency
    3. And please do go ahead and buy one of those hands free bra thingys. I stalled forever, even tried the cut- out sports bra hacks. But the hands- free bras (I have the simple wishes one) really do work. I now go through patient files, finish paper work etc as I pump.

    I am now so used to it, that many a time I pump on one side as I nurse on the other. My let down is super strong when The Human Pump nurses, so this method is guaranteed to fill up a bottle in less than half the time it usually takes. With the PISA pump, I can pump both sides in less than 15 mins.

    Hope this helps. And trust me, like everything else in life; once you get a hang of it, it’s not half as bad. I now even pump in between surgeries…

    All the best!

  27. July 27, 2017 / 10:04 am

    OMG this. I thought I was completely alone in the expressing weirdness but apparently not! I feel so much better now…..it truly is like trying to collect unicorns tears 🙁 Thanks for the book rec, checking it out now 🙂

    L x

  28. Aoife
    July 28, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    Hi,
    I love your blog and have have enjoyed following the past few years. I’m a mum now to my four month old son and am breastfeeding. He’s a hungry little guy and feeds every 2/2.5 hours. I try to pump when he goes down at night but as it’s my only free time, I often can’t be bothered. Am just reading through all the advice and am confused. If i pump one breast while he is feeding on the other, how will there be milk left for him when he switches to the other breast? Loving all the tips 🙂

  29. Nikki Verlin
    July 31, 2017 / 3:35 am

    Hi Ruth,

    Love your blog! My now 21-month old daughter had a terrible latch and would feed for 30 minutes and get about 1 oz. Of course, she’d be screaming hysterically due to hunger 15 min later so the first couple of weeks of breastfeeding was an absolute nightmare! What I ultimately decided to do was pump ALL of her milk. Yes, you read that correctly, I pumped up to six times each day. I like to think that makes me a bit of a pumping expert. The type of pump you use makes a huge difference in both the comfort and amount of milk you get. I did a ton of research and ended up with a Spectra S1 (a hospital grade pump). What I love about is that it can be used CORDLESSLY so you don’t always have to be near an outlet to use it. It also expressed extremely well and I found it very comfortable to use. I would absolutely recommend getting a nursing bra from Amazon that alllows you to pump hands free…..I used the Simple Wishes brand….life changing!

  30. Jenny Baldwin
    August 2, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    Ok you’ve already heard so many great ideas, some of which I’m just echoing. And I’m not an expert. However, I had my baby the same time as you (Feb 4th to be exact), and I’ve learned a lot in these six months!
    The basic Medela pumping bra, like a bandeau with holes, is a must (or anything like it). If you’re stuck doing it, you may as well get your hands back.
    I tried the silicone pump from Haaka that people recommend, but couldn’t get it to stay on while my wild crazy baby nursed the other side. Instead, I bought a Milkies cup, which fits into your bra or tank, and collects any milk that comes out the other side while you nurse. On a few occasions I’ve gotten a whole ounce without even trying!!
    I reeeeally agree with doing any of this in the morning, and generally right after feeds. You’ll just get more in less time. 10-15 minutes right after feeding (hopefully he won’t miss the post nurse snuggles if he’s still giving those). Then you could add that to anything you get “for free” with the Milkies cup. And don’t even bother past like 3pm. Oh and hand express while pumping! You squeeze your breast while the machine goes and you maximize your output!
    Ugh, pumping is the pits. Once my supply regulated, I sort of became too lazy to bother anymore, so I am lugging my baby around. 🙂

  31. Carol
    August 7, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    I have to pump as my little boy just didn’t take to the boob and I’m trying to give him as much breast milk as I can. Some days though I just think, give him some formula and be done with it, but Mom Guilt gets me too! As I’m pumping several times a day I rented a Medela Symphony from their website and it does get more milk out and it’s quicker as it’s a double pump, but it’s probably not worth the investment if you’re weaning him soon? Have you tried pumping for a shorter time but 2-3 times a day rather than 1 hr in one go? That might help you get a bit more? Or use the Haka like mentioned above, as you pump one boob have the Haka in the other and it does collect quite a bit, sometimes even as much as the pump gets out! Oh and coconut oil on the rim of the funnel helps too! Xx

  32. Romina
    September 4, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    I have to start pumping soon . thank god I have a double pump so it takes only 20min max to setup and pump. So glad I bought the freestyle with my first baby. Funny how momguilt makes you need to do the same for baby nr 2.

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