My baby was born at 35 weeks and was in intensive care for a week. I tried to express by machine but was unsuccessful only getting 5-10 ml after 5 days. Once he was well enough to start breast feeding expressing got a bit easier but still not brilliant. I have been trying to breast feed since then but have developed blisters on the end of my nipples and the most excruciating pain whilst latching on and now also persisting throughout feeding. I have also developed a rash on my areolas and just outside it which corresponds exactly with where the expressing plastic was but also the breat pads that I am using. My dr has given me an anti fungal cream and steroid cream as we don't know if this is thrush or an allergy/contact dermatitis. I have been using lansinoh. It's got to the point where I cannot bear to breast feed or express with either an electric pump or hand held pump. Havingbdiscussed with GP, midwife and lavtation consultants (who are happy that baby latches on well and they think it's likely that expressing caused the initial trauma now worsened by baby sucking) we have decided that i need to rest my nipples because of the blisters and sucking trauma and have been trying to manually express but can only get a few drops out. I have watched several videos on utube on how to manually express but just don't know what I'm doing wrong. Now I'm getting engorged and it's the weekend so no one local can help me. Please don't tell me to continue trying to breast feed as I cannot bear the pain, it's making me cry with each feed. Just need to leave it a couple of days and want some help on hand expressing so I don't need to use formula and so that I don't become more engorged/dry up. Baby is perfectly happy switching between bottle or breast as we had to do that when he was intensive care as I couldn't be with him all the time so I'm not worried about that so much.