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WARNING: vent/sad.

Hey, all. I am having a hard day in my pumping journey and in motherhood in general. I passed a clogged duct today (which I didn't know I had) and am feeling discouraged because that means that after 6 months of exclusively pumping, I still have not figured out how to fully empty my breasts. I pump for an hour every time and can still hand express plenty. I feel that out of the flange sizes I have measured myself as, and the settings I have tried, nothing is working. I even had a consult and everything and struggled to answer her questions as of why I am doing what I am, because I really don't know. I just want to see milk going into the bottles when I pump. It's like my breasts wont give the milk up, and my nipples are becoming sensitive from the suction. It's like I need a serious amount of suction internally, but my nipples wouldn't like it. I have a great supply but I am leaving behind milk and I don't want to. My daughter has stopped napping during my morning pump and I have just been so stressed lately. Despite a great supply and hundreds upon hundreds of ounces stashed away, a good support system, and a happy baby...I still feel like such an utter failure. I needed to write this out and get it off my chest (...literally? Lol) so sorry if this was too negative. I was hoping maybe someone else has gone through similar situations or at least similar feelings and has some words of wisdom or even just empathy.


Maria S.
Jun 05, 2023

I'm not new around here lol. I just don't want to give false hope. Also, if you are a client you can always use the secure message portal for questions. I've asked stuff there and not even had to pull back up.



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