It has been 4 weeks since my LO was born. So far the only pain I've experienced is when she first latches on. After a few sucks it goes away. I figured everything was fine since she's been gaining weight and getting what she needs. However, now I'm trying to build a stash for when I go back to work by pumping once a day. I have been doing really well and getting around 4 oz a session. However, the past week my nipples have been very painful after I pump and then breastfeeding is way more painful than it has been in the past. My first attempt to fix the pain was to change flange sizes. I use an ameda pump and was using the medium flanges and it seemed like more than just my nipple was being sucked in so I bought the smaller flanges. The first session with the smaller flanges went great! However, the second session was horrible because I couldn't get a good suction. I have very large breasts (when I was fitted for a nursing bra after my milk cane in, I was sized at a 36K) and the horn part is much smaller. Today when I pumped it was so painful I stopped at 10 minutes.
I'm not sure what to do. I'm wondering if maybe baby is latching poorly and I don't notice the pain when breastfeeding but do with pumping. I tried to check the latch and her lips are positioned correctly, however, I don't think she has a very deep latch. My nipple looks like the shape of a new thing of lipstick after she's done. Also the whole areola is not in her mouth but my breasts are so large I can't get any more in. I've tried several techniques.
What can I do to make pumping easier so I can keep feeding my baby while st work?