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#1 of 4 Old 09-23-2004, 08:07 PM - Thread Starter
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I have been using the Medela Advanced PIS. Currently I'm pumping 1x/day for approx. 20 mins. I have been turning it all the way up initially for the letdown 2 mins and the first 8 or so mins after that. Then I've been turning it to "medium" for another 5 mins and back up to full blast for the last 5 mins. I have noticed that I have bruising on both nipples. Is this due to the pump? Should I not be turning it up to full blast? That's what I thought I was supposed to do... The good news is that I am able to nurse ok even though I have these bruises but obviously I want to avoid this bruising going forward...


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I don't have the same pump, but in my experience, I don't need to set it too high to get the let-down. Actually I leave it below medium for this. Once my let-down kicks in, I turn it up, but only to what is comfortable and efficient.
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.

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I used to message the breast during pumping as well (on a low setting). I would also turn it off several times just to give myself a break. After a while of pumping you tend to feel as though the life is getting sucked right out of you... :LOL
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I would also turn it down...I tried a medela electric pump in the hospital and it was great - but I couldn't even get to medium. ouch. i would think that's why you're bruising.
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