So, I'm a mother of three I breasfed my two boys and never had a pump or a problem. I have a 3 1/2 month old girl that I'm also breasfeeding, and at my last WIC appt they sent me home with a manual pump. Figured I'd give it a go, and I hate it. I'm not sure if I'm doing it wrong or if that's just the way it is, lol.
It hurts, my nipples turn purple, and I think pumping 4oz a day-ish has trippled my milk supply so my boobs are nearly always feeling like they're ready to explode. If I feed the baby too soon after pumping my nipples hurt soooo bad. I'm also for the first time ever getting cracks and extreme dryness on my nipples. Never had a problem with either before the pump.
Is that all normal? I'm a little spoilled being a full time SAHM and never really needing to pump before, so it could just be that I'm a giant baby lol. I just thought it would be easier to start cereal and what not without having to milk myself by hand..