I use the hospital grade electric pump at work and bring my own attachments. So at home I got an Avent Isis hand pump. Sometimes that thing works great. I've had many times lately where I go to use it and it "tugs" a little at my breast and maybe pulls a couple of drops out, usually causes a let down but I can sit there and try and try to pump and it won't pump my breast efficiently enough to express the milk. Since it has worked sometimes and not others I don't think it's the way I'm using it. I've rechecked and made sure it's assembled correctly. I'm so frustrated and I'm ready to throw the thing in the garbage. I would never recommend this product to anyone! I'm sitting here right now w/breasts that haven't been emptied since I pumped at work 11 hours ago, dd won't nurse, and I have nothing to express w/ unless I choose to drive to work and use the mother's room! I tried to "hand express" and don't recommend it unless you really know what you're doing, they're still throbbing!
I'm sorry you are having trouble! I had the same experience with the Avent Isis hand pump. It worked for me a couple of times if I was so full I was letting down already, but usually I had to pump and pump just to get 2 oz. It wasn't worth it to me and I gave up on bottles altogether. I'm sorry I don't have any advice... hang in there! Maybe if she gets hungry enough, your dd will nurse and relieve the pressure?
I"m sorry you're having trouble. Sounds painful! The Avent ISIS handpump is the only one that I use, and I don't have any problems. Is it losing its suction, is that why it won't let down? Because when that happens I unscrew the bottle and push lightly on that little white plug thingie to make sure it is in properly. Then when I reattach the bottle the suction is working and it pumps fine. Maybe you could try that if suction is the problem.
My mom is a labor and delivery nurse and she told me when I was looking at pumps that a lot of people have problems with the Avent Isis pumps. She and the other nurses recommended Medela and that is what I have and I LOVE IT!! Maybe you should try switching because it is worth spending the extra money than having the pain of rock hard boobs. :0)
I have had a horror story associated with this pump. I think it was probably the stores fault but....... it was already used!!! When I got home I noticed that the Avent bottles that came with it had water marks. Ummmmm strange I thought, then I noticed that the actual suction cup had what apearred to be dried skin from the nipple area and dried milk!!!! OH MY GOD!!!! I immediately called the store I purchased it from, and without hesitation they said I could. Now with that being said, when I read the packaging label it said that the product was non-retunable. So what the He#$% happened. Obviously someone did and the idiots at the store put it back on the shelf!!! So ladies please when purchasing these products make sure they were not used already.