Re: Pumping Supersizes my Nipples!
I have been pumping 3-4x/day since dd was 6 weeks old (she's now 9 months) and for at least an hour after every pumping my nipples are gigantic and sensitive. Whoever told you pumps were gentler than baby had it backwards. While some come close, no pump can replicate the suckling that a baby does at breast and most use suction power to express milk vs baby who use their tongue to help draw the milk out. I still wear nursing pads to work, and not because I leak, but to hide my titanic after-pumping nipples. I wouldn't worry unless the actual process of pumping is unbearably painfull (It is still not comfortable for me despite trying lots of different pumps).
Amanda Mom to James (2/25/04) and nursling Alice (8/24/05)