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My breast pump is running smoothly but I am unable to pump breast milk (or less quantity), what do I do?


Bellema Euphoria Pro, Plenitude, Plehtora, Effective Pro, Mango, Mango Plus

In most cases, this problem occurs when there is breast engorgement or your breast milk is relatively abundant and has viscosity (being thick or sticky). 

1.       If your breast milk is relatively abundant, you can use your hand first to squeeze some milk out before using the breast pump.

2.       If you are experiencing breast engorgement, place a warm towel on the engorged breast, and use thumb massage from the bottom of your breast up to the nipple for 10-15 minutes. After this process, you may then use the breast pump.

3.       It is recommended to pump every 2 to 3 hours, including breastfeeding hours. If you are still in postnatal care, you must pump on each breast for 15 minutes according to your milk secretion. Do not pump for over 20 minutes to avoid mammary damage.

4.       If you have large and sagging breasts, hold your breast and massage gently while pumping milk to help with your milk flow.

If you experience pain or discomfort from pumping, stop immediately and consult a Breastfeeding Specialist or a Lactation Consultant. Improper use of breast pump may result to breast tissue damage or mastitis. 

BREASTFEEDING WISDOM: Breast milk is made ‘on demand’. Think of your breasts as a  Factory of breast milk and not Storage. The more milk is taken from your breasts through feeding and pumping,  the more milk will be produced to replace it. As soon as the breast is full, it sends a message to the “milk making factory” to slow production.  As soon as the breast is empty, the ‘milk factory’ increases its production.  The greater the demand, the more production it will be!

 

Bellema Melon (Piston Motor)

In most cases, this problem occurs when there is breast engorgement or your breast milk is relatively abundant and has viscosity (being thick or sticky). 

1.   If your breast milk is relatively abundant, you can use your hand first to squeeze some milk out before using the breast pump.

2.   If you are experiencing breast engorgement, place a warm towel on the engorged breast, and use thumb massage from the bottom of your breast up to the nipple for 10-15 minutes. After this process, you may then use the breast pump.

3.   It is recommended to pump every 2 to 3 hours, including breastfeeding hours. If you are still in postnatal care, you must pump on each breast for 15 minutes according to your milk secretion. Do not pump for over 20 minutes to avoid mammary damage.

4.    If you have large and sagging breasts, hold your breast and massage gently while pumping milk to help with your milk flow.

If you experience pain or discomfort from pumping, stop immediately and consult a Breastfeeding Specialist or a Lactation Consultant. Improper use of breast pump may result to breast tissue damage or mastitis. 

BREASTFEEDING WISDOM: Breast milk is made ‘on demand’. Think of your breasts as a  Factory of breast milk and not Storage. The more milk is taken from your breasts through feeding and pumping,  the more milk will be produced to replace it. As soon as the breast is full, it sends a message to the “milk making factory” to slow production.  As soon as the breast is empty, the ‘milk factory’ increases its production.  The greater the demand, the more production it will be!

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