Hand expressing question + possible plugged duct/mastitis starting--edited added edit. edit again
My right breast was getting full, so I decided to hand express to see how I'd do and to save it for later during our cross country trip. In any case I watched the videos on hand expressing. They say to express in the manner they show (I try, but my fingers keep sliding) and to rotate the hands when the stream turns to a trickle. They also say it may take time for the milk to flow. My milk flows immediately first of all. Second of all my spray doesn't seem to die down. Am I just not going long enough? I take a few minute breaks here and there, but I've been hand expressing this breast for near an hour! It's softened but there is no signs of my stream turning to a trickle. Baby has no other signs of oversupply, and this is my less used breast. I can do the same on the left side too, so I don't think that's a factor. I also decided to hand express because I was feeling a knot and baby is sleeping. I have gotten 2oz so far (a lot for me at this time of night) and I normally stop for a few reasons 1) the knot goes away, 2) my hand starts feeling uncomfortable, and mainly 3) it's tedious! I know I don't have to do it, but I just wanted to do a test to see how much I could get hand expressing. Apparently I can get a near unlimited amount provided I just don't stop!
Added: I also have the issue of literally spraying over my target and across the room with the different sprays going at weird angles. Is this common?
Added: The knot this time is not clearing very well and I noticed some redness developing. I'm not sure it it's from expressing or if I'm developing a case of mastitis. Gonna try and see if the baby will dream feed after I take a shower.
Added: Been trying a warm rice sock, having baby feed, manual expression, etc. Those seemed to have gotten rid of the clog (I don't feel one), but the redness is spreading.