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Hi,

Recently I’ve problem extracting milk out after feeding my baby.

My baby is going to be 6 months old now. Sometimes he only takes the milk from one breast so I have to extract the milk out from the other breast. But the milk is not let down though I’ve pumped for 15-30minutes. My breast is engorged but I just cannot extract it out. It’s getting difficult to get the let down from the pumping session now, latch on has no problem.

Is this normal for those mommies who breastfeed for almost 6 months time? Sometimes I have to wait for an hour after the feeding before pumping it out otherwise the milk cannot be extracted.

Thanks.

Sheau Theng

Asked by Sheau Theng - Posted 6 years, 3 months, 2 weeks, 5 days, 7 hours, 47 minutes ago.

Dear Sheau Theng,

Wow, congratulations for having breastfed for 6 months. That is an amazing achievement.

If you are fully direct latching baby (and do not need to bottle feed), then there is no need to extract milk from the other breast. Just feed your baby from the next breast at the next feeding session. If you are feeling very uncomfortable and engorged, then you could try to use your hands to express out a little milk. Very soon, your breasts will adjust the production to meet your baby’s needs.

But, if you do need to express milk for bottle-feeding, but are now experiencing problems, it could be because your pump is faulty. Get it checked.

You could also try taking fennel seeds (jintan manis) which can be bought from most spice stores. Take 1 teaspoon 3 times a day. Jintan manis is known to help in let-down.

Hope this helps.

Gina Yong
Breastfeeding Consultant, Holistic Wellness and Fitness Coach
Specialty : Breastfeeding Support

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