I have a lansinoh pump and I've been banking milk so there's enough to feed when I go back to work. I'm not getting a ton extra, but then again, I'm not really pumping consistently either and I don't need a big stockpile. That's not the problem though. The problem is that on days when I pump, the tips of my nipples hurt and it is really uncomfortable when my baby goes to nurse. I'm not sure exacty what is causing the pain. When I saw an LC a few weeks ago I brought the pump and she suggested I get bigger flanges since the nipple was rubbing on the side and cracking. I did that, but the bigger flange doesn't seem to be able to empty the breast as well. Because of that, I use a stronger suction, so maybe that's what's making it hurt afterwards? The nipples feel sensitive and bruised on the tip. I really don't think it's from nursing, but rather from my pumping technique.
Any suggestions for trying to get this to feel a little better? The pump I have is a double electric breast pump. I know that it's supposed to be best if I pump both sides at the same time. But it seems like the suction is a lot better if I do just one side at a time. Maybe I just need to calm down on the suction? I think maybe I'm doing the higher setting and it's rushing things and causing pain. But I can't really complain about how much I'm getting out with the pump at the mid suction setting. I'm just not sure it's being kind to my body.
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