I am pumping exclusively for my 2 month old son, and did the same for my daughter. Well, a few weeks ago my husband ran over my Medela Pump In Style with the car!!! Luckily the whole thing pulled through except for my flanges, so I went to buy new ones. I got them in a 30mm because it seemed like my 27's were making my nipples swollen at times. Now I have been using these 30mm's for a few weeks and my left areola has a big red lump on it. It does not seem like a clogged duct though. You know those tiny little red bumps that are naturally around the nipple, on the areola? Well it looks like one of those has been rubbed raw and the whole area around it is swollen to the size of a small grape. It is very painful, and shooting, burning sensations through my whole breast, and down my left arm are making it very uncomfortable. I have tried lanolin. Could it be that the flanges are too large? Please help, I am in pain. Also, I pump 8-9 times a day and get a ton of milk. With each pumping I get approx. 6-7 ozs. so as you can imagine my freezer looks like a dairy farm. I realize that fresh milk is better for the baby so I give him fresh most of the day and then try to use up 6 ozs a day of frozen. My question is this, can I lower the amount of times I pump per day or is this a bad idea? I would hate to lower my milk supply too much and not be able to keep up with my son's eating habits. If I do try to lower the number of pumping times in a day, and the milk supply is inadequate, will my supply go back up if I resume the 8-9 times per day schedule?
Sorry so long!