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July 22nd, 2013, 07:23 PM
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I thought I would update on us for those who remember our recent troubles. It turns out I am having vasospasms and I have thrush. And shortly after finding that out, I developed a clogged duct. I managed to fix the clogged duct and I think I caught the thrush early and seem to be healing.

There still is no nipple shield that is small enough to fit me right, so I'm using what I have and making do. I did learn something to help me with the pain of pumping though and it's also helped my overall supply (though my left side still fails miserable behind my right side, and the pain of nursing on my left side becomes worse and worse).

Anyway, What I do is pump 5 minutes each side, 3 minutes each side, 2 minutes each side. (Except I do an extra 5 minutes on my left side to try to help supply--so I'm doing 5 minutes left, 5 minutes right, 5 minutes left, 3 minutes right, 3 minutes left, 2 minutes right, 2 minutes left). This is a total of 15 minutes on the left and 10 on the right, but it's not consecutive minutes and a lot more comfortable for me. Also within a day of doing this I went from getting 2-5 oz during the day to 5-7oz during the day. (I still get about 9-11oz in the morning, and in the morning I do start with 10 minutes on each side before moving to 5 because otherwise I leak all over the place....)

Maybe this will help someone else, I don't know, but I thought I would share. And also, thank you all for your advice and support through all our pumping woes. Good news is my milk is growing my baby well. Isabel was 3 lbs 11 oz at birth and now she's 5 lbs 15 oz
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July 23rd, 2013, 03:57 AM
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glad you found what works for you! that is some good pumping output! tfs your update
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July 23rd, 2013, 06:05 AM
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Glad you've gotten some answers and figured out some things to help! I've dealt with thrush and clogged ducts in the past few weeks, too, but never the vasospasms. Anyway, I'm glad you've found a way to deal with the pain and improve output. Hang in there! Glad to hear an update!
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July 23rd, 2013, 07:27 AM
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WTG! What you are describing is called power pumping and it works great! Keep up the good work. Oh, I wanted to say one more thing, you said you were using a nipple shield. Did you mean the flange for the pump? If you do, Medela's smallest flange size is 21 mm so make you have that one. If you mean nipple shield as the part that lays over your nipple while the baby is breastfeeding, they don't go by the size of the nipple, you choose a nipple shield based on the size of the baby's mouth. HTH!
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July 23rd, 2013, 06:34 PM
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Thanks I have the 21mm but its not small enough and actually is worse since its short.

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