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    Question HELP - blister from pumping

    I have been in the hospital for 6 days now and I have been pumping to keep my supply. Last night I got a blister when I was pumping and it hurts sooo bad this morning that I can't pump. What can I do? I tried to hand express but I feel like I am going to vomit from the pain. Any suggestions?
    Samantha: born 3 1/2 weeks early on Sept 2006 6lbs 4 oz 18 inches long with situs inversus totalis. Now a strong healthy little girl that wants to be a NICU doctor, loves her little sister and breastfeeds her dolls!
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 2,200 oz
    Alexandra: born 3 weeks early on July 2010 7lbs 8 oz 19.5 inches long.
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 1,200


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    Default Re: HELP - blister from pumping

    I am sorry to hear that you are in pain and having problems. I get blisters becase medela does not make big enough flanges for me. I avoid geting them by first 'lubing' up the breast so there is no friction or chafing using either lanolin or Gerber Nipple Balm. Are you using a medela? Can someone bring you some bigger flanges? LCs commonly sell them and so does Babies R Us and some Targets. If your nipples are rubbing against the side then you need bigger flanges, if it is not possible to get some right now then I would get some lanolin or balm to help lube the breast.

    As far as pain, not sure if you can take any Tylenol or Motrin being in the hospital?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ebranden View Post
    I am sorry to hear that you are in pain and having problems. I get blisters becase medela does not make big enough flanges for me. I avoid geting them by first 'lubing' up the breast so there is no friction or chafing using either lanolin or Gerber Nipple Balm. Are you using a medela? Can someone bring you some bigger flanges? LCs commonly sell them and so does Babies R Us and some Targets. If your nipples are rubbing against the side then you need bigger flanges, if it is not possible to get some right now then I would get some lanolin or balm to help lube the breast.

    As far as pain, not sure if you can take any Tylenol or Motrin being in the hospital?

    Thanks. They gave me Tylenol for the pain and I am about to ube and pump right now. Unfortunately, it is not the part that touches the flange of the pump. It is actually the very tip of the left nipple so I am ot sure why or how it formed. It is clear and looks like a water blister like you would get from ice skateing with thin socks on for the first time of the season. It looks like I will get out of the hospital (in Boston) Thursday and I will get to fly back home to GA on Friday to see and nurse my LO.
    Samantha: born 3 1/2 weeks early on Sept 2006 6lbs 4 oz 18 inches long with situs inversus totalis. Now a strong healthy little girl that wants to be a NICU doctor, loves her little sister and breastfeeds her dolls!
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 2,200 oz
    Alexandra: born 3 weeks early on July 2010 7lbs 8 oz 19.5 inches long.
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 1,200


    For information on becoming a Breastmilk Donor http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk

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    Default Re: HELP - blister from pumping

    So sorry that you are in hospital and away from your lo. Sometimes even though you position your nipples correctly initially, during the pumping session they may start to rub and can rub in weird positions. I'm small chested and the position of my nipples changes as my breasts get less full when pumping. I'm thinking that this may have happened to you, maybe. Anyway hope you feel better soon. And for continuing to pump for your lo.

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    Default Re: HELP - blister from pumping

    Quote Originally Posted by oceanmamma View Post
    So sorry that you are in hospital and away from your lo. Sometimes even though you position your nipples correctly initially, during the pumping session they may start to rub and can rub in weird positions. I'm small chested and the position of my nipples changes as my breasts get less full when pumping. I'm thinking that this may have happened to you, maybe. Anyway hope you feel better soon. And for continuing to pump for your lo.
    Oh, never thought of that. I'll check when I pump again.
    Samantha: born 3 1/2 weeks early on Sept 2006 6lbs 4 oz 18 inches long with situs inversus totalis. Now a strong healthy little girl that wants to be a NICU doctor, loves her little sister and breastfeeds her dolls!
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 2,200 oz
    Alexandra: born 3 weeks early on July 2010 7lbs 8 oz 19.5 inches long.
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 1,200


    For information on becoming a Breastmilk Donor http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk

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    Default Re: HELP - blister from pumping

    Are you sure its not a milk blister?

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    Default Re: HELP - blister from pumping

    Hi there, how are you feeling? I hope you get to go home soon.

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    Default Re: HELP - blister from pumping

    I got a blister once when my lo latched on next to the nipple while nursing in a sling -- ouch! Sorry you've got that going on in addition to everything else! I just put an ice cube on the blistered area before he nursed for awhile and that numbed it up enough to make it bearable...

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    Default Re: HELP - blister from pumping

    Quote Originally Posted by carpentergirl View Post
    Are you sure its not a milk blister?
    YES! I have never heard of this until now and I just looked it up on Kellymom.com and this is it. I know how to treat it now but it did not work. I iwll try again tomorrow morning when I pump (I can't nurse b/c of the meds I am taking).

    Thank you sooooo much!
    Samantha: born 3 1/2 weeks early on Sept 2006 6lbs 4 oz 18 inches long with situs inversus totalis. Now a strong healthy little girl that wants to be a NICU doctor, loves her little sister and breastfeeds her dolls!
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 2,200 oz
    Alexandra: born 3 weeks early on July 2010 7lbs 8 oz 19.5 inches long.
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 1,200


    For information on becoming a Breastmilk Donor http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk

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