I have 13-week-old twins and have been back at work for 4 weeks. Pumping has been painful since the beginning. I've been using a Lansinoh double electric, but it got too painful so I switched to an Evenflo single electric. The Evenflo is also better at expressing more milk, but it still causes me some pain. I've tried using an Evenflo single manual, and it doesn't hurt very much, but it doesn't express more than an ounce or two from each side (my typical production seems to be three ounces per side per session). I have ordered a fourth pump through my insurance company and will hopefully get it soon. It's a double electric, but I have a feeling it will be similar to the Lansinoh I already have. I'm currently pumping twice at work and not getting enough milk for the babies, so we are having to supplement. I would like to add a third session and stop supplementing, but the pain is too intense for me to face that now.
I have been treated for thrush twice, once with Niastin cream about five weeks ago and once with a single dose of Diflucan a week ago. For a day or two it seemed like it was getting better, but it's tough to say because those were also weekend days, when I usually don't have very much pain.
In addition to the nipple pain, which feels like needles during pumping, I have some shooting breast pain. It comes and goes and doesn't only happen during and after feedings, which I read is the common experience with thrush. My nipples do get white and purple. They are often bright pink. They are scaly and rough and look blistery. They are cracked and sensitive when my shirt rubs on them or I or one of the babies brushes against them. I had THREE different rounds of antibiotics after the babies were born, plus one round during the birth. I have had a yeast infection several times since they were born. We treated them for thrush once, though they never really had white patches, because it seemed to fit with my symptoms. One of them had what looked like a yeast diaper rash, too. They are currently not having any symptoms at all. It's not always painful when they eat, and it's not nearly as painful as pumping. I got larger flanges about a week and a half ago and didn't see any improvement in the pain.
Can thrush be so resistant to treatment? Is it possible I just need to treat it again? Or do you think it could be something else? Can a pump cause pain because it is lower quality? Did anyone else experience different levels of pain with different pumps?