I didn't like the manual pump - it was tiring. If you want a short-term solution and you want to increase your supply (did I understand you right?), you might be able to rent a strong electric pump for a reasonable cost (I think I paid about $35/month). I rented the Medela hospital grade pump for a little while when my supply was slipping and it really did help to get my milk up until I was ready to wean my son. Frequency was the key for me - I had to "trick" my body into believing that baby needed more frequent feedings. Within a few days of using the super-strong pump, I was producing more (around 3-6 oz per pumping session depending on when I last did it). The hospital, your pediatrician/OBGYN or a lactation consultant might be able to help you find a place to rent one. Or if you want to buy, you might get good advice from them, too. Good luck!
at 11:44 PM on Jun. 29, 2010