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Wednesday, 20 January 2010


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Searching for Serenity

Hi there. I honestly don't recall if I've commented here before or not. I've been lurking for a little while.

Ist's it bittersweet when you come across a resolution to a challenge you've been facing for a while? I'm also a pumper, although I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum. I over-produce. Which has it's own series of frustrations (clogged ducts, engorgement). Sadly, there isn't much information out there to help pumping mothers. There is a wide array of information for bfing mothers (which I sadly am not). But it's hard to find support for pumping breast milk.

I guess I don't have any advice for you. I just thought I'd drop a note and say that I understand how frustrating pumping can be and, like you,wish it didn't take me so long to find solutions to the issues. I've been there.


Good to know, since I will not take domperidone again.

Hairy Farmer Family

How interesting (for me) but how frustrating (for you)! I always wondered if I had vasospasmy stuff going on with my nipples, as they used to turn bright white and the let-down was agonising. It WAS winter and we DO have a draughty house. Perhaps I was just too bloody cold?!

Either way, it didn't hurt me in the long run: it's been ages and ages since Harry was near my boobs, and I can still squeeze droplets. Wondering if it's ever going to flipping well stop.


Wow, I can't believe the difference. When I was pumping, the most I ever got was a few ounces (60-90 mls). If I get the chance to BF again, I will definitely try this. Thanks for passing the info on.


I found the morning sessions the most productive, but maybe that's because I usually took a shower before hand.

I am so glad I'm not longer pumping. 13 months was long enough.


Oh boy....yes, hot pads or showers work a bit, but never that dramatically for me! Good for you.

I do know that the opposite is true, and that cold ice packs will shrink lumps and dry up your milk fast. Had to learn it after babyloss. It was the only way to stop having everything explode. And that is the last time I wanted breastmilk production.


Good tip to pass on for those who come after... what a shame you didn't know about it beforehand. Who knows how things would have gone?



Gah, how frustrating to find that out after all that time!


Wow. Ack. The implications... I'm not even going to think about the implications...

Thanks for this public service announcement, my dear. I hope it helps a lot of people. And I wish for your sake you'd found out sooner. XO


Wow what a great tip. I'll remember that next time around.


How interesting. I never had a supply problem, in fact in the fist 3 months I had to pump after feeds to feel comfortable. But I did notice that when I got a blocked duct (one breast was particularly prone) pumping alone wouldn't clear it but pumping with a heating pad almost always did.

Betty M

Not sure why typepad is making it so difficult for me to comment. But sure am glad to know of this trick.


Wow - that's great news, I wish I had stumbled across that!

Cute POB stories - I love the one of her holding his hand, I love seeing that here too, so sweet!

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