Dear Judy, I am having trouble getting a let down with my pump. Even when I am all alone. Is it me or could it be my pump?
Lots of mothers have difficulty responding to a breastpump vs. nursing their baby. If you have normally been able to pump efficiently in the past, and are experiencing difficulties now, then it is most likely a problem with your pump. The first thing you should do is to make sure you are getting a good suction with your pump. Make sure there isn’t any condensation in your tubing and make sure your parts are in good working order. Most breastpump manufacturers recommend replacing your breastpump parts (tubing, diaphrams, valves, connectors) every 3 months. Just like you change your oil on your car on a regular basis, you also need to change the parts on your pump for optimal performance.
I remember one time not getting a good let down with my pump and it turned out that my tubing was loose on one side, so I wasn’t getting a good enough suction to stimulate my letdown. Once I figured out the problem and replaced the tubing, everything worked great!
Take a look around at your situation as well. Has anything changed? Are you undergoing more stress than is typical? Are you in a different environment? All of these things can effect your milk output.
If you have replaced all of your parts and evaluated your environment and you are still having difficulties, then it is time to call the manufacturer of your pump and see if they have any trouble shooting exercises to walk you through. There may be something wrong that requires more than just replacing spare parts.
Did you ever have a problem with your pump? How did you solve it? Do you have any tips for a mom who is having difficulties letting down with her pump? Please leave a comment to share your advice.