Re: Injuring the breast with too frequent pumping? Showering with soap?
Excellent advice from the PP, as usual. Have you been to see a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC? When you have a latch issue, nothing beats hands-on help. And since in the long run nursing is so much easier than pumping, now is the time to invest the money on a LC and fix the latch, before the baby gets totally hooked on the bottle.
You can pump as often as you want without worrying about damaging your breasts, provided that you're using the right size of breast shields (which is another reason to see the LC!).
No worries about soap getting into the nipple pores. But you probably want to avoid using soap on the nipple and areola, since soap removes your natural skin oils and those oils are what help make your nipple and areola skin resilient even when it's undergoing frequent use.
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