Re: Breastfeeding one week postpartum
Definitely not a lost cause. Milk production is very flexible and responsive to demand. Increase demand and you will increase supply.
Pumping should not be painful. That points to poorly fitting shields or to you using the machine on too high of a suction level. When you pump, do your nipples rub against the sides of he collection tube, or do they move freely in the tube? If the shield fit it marginally too small, lubing your nipples with a little olive oil may help. And to prevent you getting traumatized from the pump's action, try starting the machine on the lowest suction level and only gradually turning it up to the maximum effective level.
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