Re: breast soreness- exclusively pumping
Thrush (yeast) can definitely make you feel sore. Some symptoms you might experience:
- sensations of itching and/or burning
- flaking or peeling skin
- cracking, often described as slit-like cracks which can radiate all over the nipple
- white patches on the nipple surface
- soreness/burning/itching sensations which are more intense after the feeding/pump session is over
- vaginal yeast infection
In the absence of those symptoms, it's quite possible that the soreness you are experiencing is due to oversupply. Being able to express 6-8 oz every time you pump implies that you are producing a huge volume of milk. Most moms produce snout 1.5 oz per hour, and if you find you are producing way more than that, it may be time to explore options which allow you to throttle back on production a bit.
I really admire you for making the commitment to pump. It's terrific that you have found a way to get milk into your baby despite challenges with direct breastfeeding. That being said, would you be interested in exploring the reasons direct breastfeeding didn't work for you? Maybe we can crowdsource and explanation for why nursing was so unpleasant and painful, and make it possible for you to nurse again? No pressure, of course- it's just that most of us find nursing easier and ultimately more pleasant than pumping, so if we could help make your life easier and more pleasant we'd love to do so!
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