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    Default shield size vs output

    So I am not sure which size shields I need. When I ise the standard that came with my PISA so much of my boob is sucked into the tube that my nipple often rubs on the back of the connector. But when I use the next size smaller, even thought they feel mor comfortable, it seems like I dont pump as much. Has anyone else had a similar issue? Or any ideas on which size is preferable?
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    Have you played around with the suction and speed settings?
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    I would go with comfort myself, as long as it gets you enough milk long term
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    What about going with the smaller size, but adding manual breast compressions to your routine. The bigger ones might be getting you more milk because stimulating the WHOLE breast tends to get better results quantity-wise. But you can do the same thing with your hands.


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    Default Re: shield size vs output

    Yes I have. And even on the lowest setting that will produce with the larger ones I still get sucked in that far, and even on the highest comfortable setting wih the smaller ones I dont get as much output. I dont know what else to try; and I am worried about the larger shields damaging the tissue. Is that a possibility?
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    I doubt that a breast shield could permanently damage your breast tissue. At the least you'd see some nasty bruises if that was the case. If you're not seeing anything, then the main issue is whether it's comfortable or not. My breasts looked pretty weird getting sucked into the flanges, but it didn't hurt and the milk came out, so I was okay with it. If it's not comfy, though, you need to make some adjustments.


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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*joe.s.mom View Post
    I doubt that a breast shield could permanently damage your breast tissue. At the least you'd see some nasty bruises if that was the case. If you're not seeing anything, then the main issue is whether it's comfortable or not. My breasts looked pretty weird getting sucked into the flanges, but it didn't hurt and the milk came out, so I was okay with it. If it's not comfy, though, you need to make some adjustments.
    In theory, I should be using a 27. But it HURT. But 2 IBCLCs agreed that should be my size. A 30 hurt. 36 was better. Go with what is comfortable, not with how weird it looks. Pumping is fundamentally very weird.
    Susan
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    Default Re: shield size vs output

    Thank you to all of you ladies for your advice! I do get what looks like a little bit of bruising around my nipples after i am done, but it only lasts for a short time (like 5min). I think I will go ahead and try to go back down to the smaller size again because the bigger one is definately uncomfortable. And I will keep up with the massage and compressions. Thanks!
    Joann

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