Originally Posted by Jessimaca
Happymommy~ Yeah my feelings are so intense and hard to explain. I tried explaining it to my friend who is a social worker at a nursing home-- I said imagine your mother had to be moved in to your nursing home that you really believed in and thought was a great place. Only you find out later that she has been treated very badly right under your nose. Its like that kind of... I don't know its just so hard and has me lost as to what my future endeavors will be as I thought I would be a full-time lactation consultant.
Jessimaca. It was hard for me to accept EPing. And I've had other situations of what I thought my future endeavors would be and then felt losts and that was so hard. I am just imagining putting those together and empathizing so much with you. I do agree with clairebear that if you decide to continue on your path to being a full-time LC, I think you'll be a great one especially for new mamas that are struggling with breastfeeding challenges. I also think that if you choose a different path, you will find something else where you will be able to give your compassion and talents. You don't have to decide now. I know that probably doesn't make things easier in the short term, so for now, I offer you lots of support and many hugs.
Originally Posted by Masel
I don't think I need bigger shields. (I have 27mm ones) The nipples don't touch the edge if everything is positioned correctly. The areola is pulled into the tube. I'm afraid that if I used bigger ones I'll block the valve. The sore is on the fold right where the nipple meets the breast. It is where the skin flexes with each pump. I don't know what I can do to relieve stress on that spot. After a couple of days of TLC it feels better but I'm falling behind again.
Ouch Masel! I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better. It sounds like a tough few days. In case it's helpful to you or anyone else in the future, olive oil helped me a lot when I had cracks or sores; I would put some directly on the sore and a bit on the part of the shield that would or might come into contact into with it.
As for sizing, I thought I needed a larger size and tried it, but it actually made it worse. My LC recommended a smaller shield size (so that only the nipple was being pulled into the tube) and it made an immense difference. If you've been pumping comfortably, the size you have is probably fine, but if you have smaller shields, you might want to give them a try.
Originally Posted by clairebear3
My milk smells really good and sweet when it's warmed up and so far I have lost one batch that went bad and you could easily recognise it!
Sorry about the lost batch; I know how hard you work for every batch! But glad to hear that the milk smell issue is resolved.