Yesterday, 12:17 PM
OK glad your nipples are healing. Your plan sounds reasonable.
Again this is something that is indeed very common but is not really "normal." Being engorged- full to the point of breast hardness and discomfort- can cause several issues, including making it harder for baby to get a good, comfortable latch- So I do think your being engorged may have been at least in part to blame? The many risks of engorgement are another reason frequent milk removal is so important.
On a side note, because mom will often pump until the milk stops flowing on both sides each time she pumps, and a baby often will not nurse until all the milk is out each time they nurse, and may even nurse one side and not the other at some or all sessions, is that prolonged periods of pumping instead of nursing can lead to something called overproduction, which sounds like exactly what it is- mom makes more milk than needed. This may or may be a problem, and is certainly preferable to low production, but serious OP can again lead to mom getting engorged and all the issues that creates. As long as you can get baby nursing instead of pumping soon, this is not anything to worry about, usually any op will fix itself given a little time. But should you find you are needing to pump instead of nursing many more days, I am just mentioning it as just something to be aware of.