Ok that time for me, when my supply dropped to zero, i struggled alot before deciding to do exclusive pumping. So, i pump every 1 and half to 2 hourly depending on whether my nipple can take it or not. every time the yield was little but i just keep whatever i have and feed to my boy. i did that for almost 2 weeks and my supply went up alot till i have oversupply. then, i started to drag to 3 hourly pump and drag somemore. of cos I also took the Motherluv supplement - more milk plus special blend and also drank anmum(i heard anmum gives lots of milk too) i also eat all the things that my friends said can increase supply. things like salmon sashimi, oat, milo, cheese, papaya fish soup etc. Then, cos i m not latching, i m not that stressed anymore as i take it lightly - have breast milk then give, if not never mind, try harder (took quite sometime to psycho myself into this mindset). and i try to zzz as much as i can. I think without stress and with some rest, supply also came in,
Yours is Pump In Style Advanced? how long do you normally pump? I find the optimal pumping time is between 10-15min. dont pump beyond 15 min cos is not efficient at all and you are getting far too little output per min if you go beyond 15 min. so keep the most up to 15 min. Then while pumping, compress your breast as well. Also, there is no need to put strong suction. just a comfortable one will do cos i tried before, strong and gentle suction, the diff is only very very little. so no point torturing your nipples. oh yes, do your nipples fit nicely into the funnels? cos my friend has big nipples and M size funnel is too small. the nipples always rub against the funnel walls and thus, not much milk can come out. she then go buy the L size funnel and all worked well for her.
i think most importantly dont stress. i think you are too stressed up