Pumping seems to hurt no matter what I do. I've tried different sizes of flange (from small, medium, Large and XL Medela.)
I've tried lubricating with some edible oil but so far even when I wash it off, the baby objects to three different oils I've tried and the oil.
The oil seemed to only help a tiny bit anyway. Most of the pain seems to be from the suction and pulling.
I'm having trouble figuring out how anyone manages to pump at all let alone get enough milk out to pump exclusively.
Are there ways to make it painless?
Or is it just too painful for some people?
I know some people don't respond well to the pump and don't manage to extract much milk with one but I haven't been able to find answers about pain and pumping other than some mention of finding the right size flange.
I'm not really trying to store up milk, I'm really just trying to use the pump to increase my supply but the pain is probably a bit counterproductive.
Are there any threads that discuss painful pumping and remedies?