The past few days I have noticed some pain in my left nipple. I pump four times a day and nurse at least three times on the weekdays and nurse 8+ times on the weekends. Just yesterday I saw saw a rip or tear on the underside of my nipple that makes pumping or nursing extremely painful. If I continue to do either I don't think it will ever heal.
My sister suggested that I don't do either for at least 24 hours to allow it to heal. The problem is that I will be really engorged if I don't and I'll lose my supply. It seems if I do hand expressions I create plugged ducts that I can only get out with warm messages and nursing or pumping.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can let this heal without losing my supply? Maybe I'm not hand expressing correctly? Thanks in advance.