I remember when I was feeding Ariana I use to pump very often as well for the “just in case moments”, milk for her cereal, cocoa with warmed breast milk, etc…
I did go through some difficulties. Same thing happened when pumping for Ameera just a few days ago. I know for a fact that others go through the same thing as when I went for a consultation, I bumped into a male friend who went to find out about the same thing for his wife who was still in confinement.
I know, I know. What? What? Right?
Well, to my surprise, many of us breastfeeding, milk pumping mummies get their nips sucked too deep into their pump, well breast shield, that it doesn’t only cause pain to us mums but it also causes stress which causes milk production to slow down. This does not only happen to mums with big boobies, (YES! IT’S TRUE!) this can happen to practically anyone.
I had discovered that the brand of pump I use actually sells a range of different size breast shields and they aren’t cheap either. So I went ahead a bought one size up. It worked the first few times but then then same problem occurred. “Takkan I need to get a bigger one”, I thought. So I had hubs to to the shop to get a size bigger for me since it was all the way in Bangsar and I hate driving in traffic (which is literally inevitable in this country init?!).
Got the new size and still the same thing happened. It was really starting to annoy me so I decided to go back to the initial shield and it worked again, for a while then the problem came back. By this time I had already every size there was. some were just too humongous that I would never ever use it again so I had the choice between the small and the medium.
These problem kept reoccurring and I began to loose my cool with this pump, so I started doing some troubleshooting of my own.
First of all, I noticed that every time this complication happened, there is milk on the shield around the areola area. This so happens to cause the nipple to slide into the shield causing it to block the pump. So what I did was dry the area and just put some tissue to keep it dry and viola, mystery solved!
So if this happens to happen to you, just dry up the area. Also, avoid leaning back too much which is the main reason why this happens. If you lean back then comes the laws of gravity. Leaning back just makes the milk to fill up un the breast shield and not drip into the bottle until the bottle is full.
Hope this helps mummies who go through the same problem and save you some money too!