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Electric expressing - tips please

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NewMum17 Thu 30-Mar-17 03:12:41

So, twice now I've expressed and my milk has stopped flowing, yet I know I have more to give as I'm leaking when I take the pump off. On both occasions the pump has made a different sound linked to the air..it's hard to explain but has anyone had this problem too and knows the solution? I'm using Tommee Tippee's electric pump.

I feel like I've tried checking everything, taken the air tube out both ends, put it back, checked the valve is on tight...checked all the connections. But still nothing..it's so frustrating especially when you're expressing at this hour and want it to be fast so you can go back to sleep. shock

Any tips on how to express effectively?

AssassinatedBeauty Thu 30-Mar-17 03:23:16

Is there a proper seal around the breast? If it's in the wrong position and there isn't a seal then you won't get any effective suction.

I don't know the TT pump, but the one I have you have a little flap inside the breast unit that needs to be positioned properly - is there anything similar?

NewMum17 Thu 30-Mar-17 03:33:41

I sometimes have a slight gap between the breast and the top of the suction so I leaned forward to prevent this and still nothing. hmm

Hmm not quite a flap but there's a silicone cup which connected to the part the air goes into. Not sure that's the same section you are talking about. I noticed the silicone cup was sucked in so thought it might be that...though after re-adjusting that wasn't the case.

CluelessMummy Thu 30-Mar-17 03:48:33

Are there water droplets, eg from the steriliser, in any of the parts? My pump is a Medela not a Tommy Tippee but it doesn't work effectively if there is any water in the tube, suction cup etc. I have to be quite meticulous about getting all the bits and pieces bone dry if I use it. I'm not sure that's your issue but just a thought!

AssassinatedBeauty Thu 30-Mar-17 03:49:55

Is it pulling your nipple forwards into the funnel part?

NewMum17 Thu 30-Mar-17 07:17:52

I'll give that a try cluelessmummy but it does usually end up with water droplets as it takes forever to air dry and I'm sure j ready somewhere letting it air dry.

It usually does pull it forwards assassinatedbeauty but I didn't actually check that last night/this morning. Are you saying it should always do that?

CluelessMummy Thu 30-Mar-17 07:33:13

OP it takes forever I know! But if I don't dry all the pieces of mine the pump head won't suck in my nipple properly (and to answer your other question, yes it always should as that's what's mimicking the baby feeding). Good luck mama x

NewMum17 Fri 31-Mar-17 01:02:15

Thanks Cluelessmummy. Going to try again soon and make sure everything has dried properly before I start!

NewMum17 Fri 31-Mar-17 02:40:40

It worked grin thanks for the tips flowers

CluelessMummy Sat 01-Apr-17 07:06:53

Glad to hear it! I hope everything is still going well, pumping can be so tiring! All the best to you xx

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