First and foremost, Mama to Owen (7/21/04), Annaliese (7/29/09), and somebody new (due Feb 2012), and wife to Andrew (9/12/98). Also passionate about and loving the work I do in Organizational Development.
You should not need to ever put it all the way up, it can definitely cause bruising, and I would think it's kind of uncomfortable. :
You should also check with a LC to see what they have to say.
Try pumping on a lower setting and see what happens. It can't hurt to try and if it doesn't work you can always turn it up.
Good luck, I hope the bruises go away soon.
Mom of one (12/28/02) ,one (12/2/03), one (12/28/05) and 2 and 2