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Painful pumping

Posted by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 3:07 PM
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It seems like I just can't get a break from problems! Breastfeeding wasn't working out, so about a month ago I decided to go to exclusive pumping. I love seeing how happy my daughter is when she has breastmilk instead of formula, so I really want to keep doing it. The problem is, my nipples are sore and and blistered and I don't know what to do for them. We thought maybe the flange was too small, so I got a larger one. Is it possible for it to be too big now? Does anyone know how to get the right size flange without buying all they offer?

by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 3:07 PM
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by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 9:04 PM

for that kind of problem you would need to talk to a lactation specialist. I am going through the same thing you are. Until you can talk to someone use lanoline it sooths your nipples when they are cracked, sore, bleeding ect.......

by Member on Apr. 8, 2009 at 9:07 PM
Do you have an electric pump? If so, you might have it set too high... try a lower numbered setting so it doesn't pull so hard on your nipples. If it's a manual, I'm not sure what the problem is. I'd definitely talk to a lactation specialist! Good luck!
by on Apr. 9, 2009 at 12:26 PM

i had the same issues, i only have one little spot of sore left. between pumpings if you have open sores you can use neosporin and gently wash between pumpings. if you have had them a long time mix half neosporin and half antifungal (like atheletes foot cream) yeast is the main cause for not being able to heal, also wash that off gently before pumping if you go 3 hours or more between pumps the active ingrediants have spent themselves so you dont have to scrub hard.

this is what a lactation specialist told me and i had followed her advice and it has helped so much. as for the flanges, i had the same question, she said a lot of it is just personal comfort, but i need to purchase a different size as well. first they were too small, now the ones i got are huge i need to get the middle size. im using the bigger ones, the tiny ones caused more damage. since ive healed most the way im not having problems like i did before, but i am still going to try to get a middle size on hubbys next check- if theres any spare.

she also had me use nipple shells, they keep your bra from rubbing up against em, they were uncomfortable and i only wore them for an hour or two at a time, only at the house for a few days, but they were worth it. she had first suggested i could go topless, but with a 3 yr old boy and a hubby who wasnt getting any i said that was a bad idea.

my nipps were very bad for a week of pumping, my daughter had taken chunks out. i had let it go another week and just used the lanisoh. after taking her advice i was doing a lot better in a couple days, and feeling a lot more like i could do this after a week. now i think my problems are over- knock on wood, i dont wanna jinx it!

hope this helps, you should still see a lc and see if this advice fits you, but if you are like me im in bad shape once i finally go see someone about anything, good luck

by Member on Apr. 9, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Thank you! That was helpful. I got the medium sized flanges today, so well see if that helps. I've been using my breast shells except when I'm out or sleeping. They've really helped. I'm going to try neosporin and see if it helps. Thanks a bunch! It's good to know I'm not the only one with this problem!

by Member on Sep. 18, 2009 at 4:28 AM

the medela website has articles about flanges. i had the same problem! ouch! i changed flanges and reasearched and iced and heated....ended up i was pumping too long! the "usual" 10 min didnt empty my breast so i would keep pumping...instead you need to pump often and shorter periods. so i would pump 15 min every 2 hours and manually express after 15 min if they werent helped. the plastic irritated me so i put laniolin creme but after (before just makes a sticky mess) and air them out...manually express if you can to let them will get better. my nips tend to get dry now though...

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