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Thread: Wrong size of the breast shield?

  1. #1
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    Default Wrong size of the breast shield?

    I'm starting to use my pump (PISA) more and the standard breast shields are definitely hurting my nipples (vasospasm). In addition, I'm often having a tough time keeping a tight seal between my breast and the shield.

    According to Medela's website (http://www.medela.com/IW/en/breastfe...astshield.html), pain means I need a larger size shield, but absence of a tight seal means I need a smaller size.

    Any advice?

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    Default Re: Wrong size of the breast shield?

    Try lubing your nipples with some olive oil. If the fit is just marginally too small, that may allow the nipple to slide freely and reduce pain. But definitely try a larger size!

    Another thought- sometimes a mom finds that she must lean forward into the pump, or the weight of her breasts dragging down causes the loss of a tight seal. So try that, too!
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    Default Re: Wrong size of the breast shield?

    You might be surprised about the seal. I should, according to all the charts and two IBCLCs, need a 27. But the 36 fits better. If the lube doesn't help, the sizing up might.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
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