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Hi everybody, I have posted here once or twice, but now I have had my baby (2 weeks ago) and I am pumping exclusively. I am having a lot of problems with it because it causes me So much pain! Is this normal? I have a Medela electric pump. I'm pumping between every 2-4 hours, depending on time of day, and my baby has been able to have all of my milk for the past 4 days, without having to supplement with formula. When I turn the suction down low, I hardly get any milk out, like 1-2 ounces in each breast, and that takes at least a half hour to get. If I turn it up higher, than in a half hour, I can get about 4 ounces for each breast, but it hurts SO badly, that I usually end up crying the whole time. Am I doing something wrong? And how often should I be pumping and for how long? My boobs always hurt badly after pumping as well, and I do use Lanolin also every time. I have extremely big boobs, especially now, and I don't know if this has something to do with it or not. I would appreciate any help that I can get, because I'm afraid if it keeps hurting like this, I'll give up and quit, and I really don't want to!
Thank you brie_91 for my Siggy!
Do you know what size your flanges are? (horns) If they are too small that could cause pain. Also, it may just be your breasts adjusting to the pump and after time it won't hurt anymore. Try to see if you can find any kind of measurement on the flanges. You're doing awesome!!!
Mommy to Madelynne - 10, Cohen - 7, Raylea - 3, Josie May 5/4/11
the standard flanges that come with the pump are size medium. if your nipples are also large, then you need to get a larger size. I know babies are us carries sizes medium and large, possibly extra large, while Amazon has all the sizes. Ideally, when you use the proper size, your nipple should not feel pinched. At the beginning of pumping, my nipples get drawn in and do not touch the sides of the flanges, after ten minutes I can see them sliding tight along the sides but it never hurts during or after!
oh, and keep up the wonderful work that you are doing. I am an exclusive pumper too - I started at one ounce and now I am at five each breast and in a very good control over my supply!!! Let me know if you have any more questions or would like to talk over phone, I know how much hard work it is to breastfeed that way!
Ditto to everyone else's advice. I also had to use bigger flanges, luckily the lactation consultants at the hospital noticed and recommended I get a bigger size (since I was using a nipple shield, I had a bigger size in that). I ordered them when I got home, but didn't have to pump right away so it wasn't a big deal.
You can also do some massage and compressions while pumping, maybe this would make it more comfortable? A hands free pumping bra is also great to hold the pump in place.
Your baby's tummy is still tiny so you shouldn't need to worry about your output too much, but keep pumping around the clock every 2-3 hours. It is usually recommended to pump 20 mins each time. If you scroll down a little bit here to the picture, it shows infant stomach capacity kellymom.com :: How much expressed milk will my baby need?