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should i pump using a hand pump?


Asked by Anonymous at 3:26 AM on Feb. 6, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I started off on 5 mins each side....after a few days I increased my time by five minutes. After about a month I was up to 20 mins each side and stayed that way. You may need longer or not as long to empty each breast thoroughly. The key is to increase pumping time GRADUALLY. Don't try to start off at 20 mins...that just leads to sore nipples, lack of let-down and a whole lot of frustration.

    Answer by Mrs.Mack. at 3:31 AM on Feb. 6, 2010

  • Some people can use a hand pump and some can't. I don't get nearly the same out put with a manual as an electric. (i have a medela single electric). Some women respond far better to hand expression.

    Also massaging the breast helps as does nursing on one side while baby nurses on the other.

    Answer by amileegirl at 1:16 PM on Feb. 6, 2010