Re: Sore nipple - ok to pump one side?
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the brand-new baby!
Before you get into pumping, I strongly suggest going to see a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, for hands-on help. Nothing beats it when you have a latch issue with a newborn.
The reason I don't want you- or any new mom- to go straight to pumping is that the pump doesn't usually maintain supply as well as a baby, and ironically also because it is very easy for an inexperienced new mom to over-pump and end up with troublesome oversupply. And while it is often possible to feed a baby off only one breast, that is not always the case, particularly when baby is a slow nurser or has a poor latch, since a poor latch doesn't just hurt mom, but can also impede milk transfer. You're totally right to not want to introduce a bottle at this point- there's a very good chance that it would screw up breastfeeding even worse.
Can you describe what you're experiencing on the painful side? Maybe we can help.
Call the LC first, though.
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