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Hi all,<br><br>
I'm hoping for suggestions here...I've recently started pumping since I'm going back to work part-time in a few weeks. I have a Medela Pump-In-Style. I initially pumped during the first week after my baby was born, without difficulty. I pumped initially b/c I had one flat nipple and one inverted nipple, and my baby initially had difficulty with latch. Well, 10 weeks later, my nipple are a totally different shape (!) and I've re-started pumping. And now I'm having soreness that I'm pretty sure is related to pumping. I noticed when I used the breastshields that came with the pump, that my nipples really pressed up against the insides while I pumped. So I bought a bigger size. My nipples still pressed up against it. So i bought an even bigger size (30). I notice I'm still getting pressed up against the shield just a little bit, and I think it's really more the areolas than the nipples at this point. When I am done pumping, the areolas are whitish and puffy. And I have this lingering soreness that I only seem to have for a day or two after I pump. (I'm not pumping regularly yet.) And yes, I am using the very lowest setting to pump! I don't think I have unusually large nipple or areolas! Has anyone else experienced this? Do I need to try a different pump altogether? Is there anything else I can do? I'm dreading having to pump daily b/c I can't imagine how sore I'll be then!<br><br>
Grateful for any advice or suggestions!
 

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When I was pumping, 4 years ago<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">:, my areolas almost filled the cup part of the pump but my actual nipple (when it got sucked in) never touched the sides. Does that make sense? I exclusivly pumped for 13 months so I must have done something right!
 

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Good for you for continuing exclusive pumping for 13 months. That's wonderful!<br><br>
So is it normal for the areolas to push up against the sides of the shield? Did your areolas getting whitish and puffy from pumping?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I think what you're experiencing is normal as it's the same for me.<br><br>
Soreness will get better with use ime.<br><br>
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I experience the white & puffy too.<br>
Not sure about the sizing though- I tried looking into and gave up.<br>
I always make sure I rub some drops of bm on my nipples after pumping and let them air dry.
 

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I called Medela and talked to one of their reps. She said your areolas shouldn't get sucked in at all; if they are then it means the shield is too big. So it turns out (I think) that when I originally thought my shield was too small that the opposite was actually true!<br><br>
I just bought the smaller size shield - hopefully that will help...
 

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I'm surprised that they say that shouldn't happen - I don't see how you could prevent it from happening with even lower suction settings. I have somewhat wide, flat nipples and find the 27 mm the most comfortable, but the areolas do get sucked in and it is uncomfortable. I wish that they would make the cones with a rounded edge where the cone meets the tube part...<br><br>
I find it uncomfortable, but tolerable.<br><br>
Maybe my breast tissue is much softer than most, but if you pull the nipple in, the rest will follow!
 
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