I know that most posts on here about pumping questions turn in to discussions about feeding your child less while you are gone and being happy with the 1/2 to 2 ounces that are normal to get while pumping, but I can't help but think there is a right way to pump and possible tricks that we could be sharing with each other. I had a lactation consultant help me nurse correctly, but noone taught me to pump. So here is what I feel helps, I have no authority or scientific literature to support this, this is just works for me and could very well be superstition.
1. Use a hands free bustier - even if you try cutting holes in a sports bra. Aside from being a convenience, I feel like I get so much better and consistent suction than holding them myself.
2. Make sure your nipple is going straight down the center of the cone
3. Don't lean back
4. Try to distract yourself - Just like a watched pot never boils, when I watch the bottles, I feel like my pumping is taking forever and nothing happens, I end up giving up and find I actually wasn't pumping that long; however in the morning when I hook up and then surf the internet I have pretty much forgotten that I'm pumping and have over flowed the bottle.
5. Continue pumping even when it looks like your milk has stopped.- When I have the time I try to keep pumping even if I have stopped seeing milk. I figure if a hungry baby can teach my breasts that wasn't enough food, my pump can give it a try as well.
Well that's what I have, does any one else have any tricks (no matter how silly them seem) that they use when pumping?