Re: Pumping hurts - nipples turning white on ends
I know what you are going through. Same thing happened to me. I went to a lactation consultant, who told me that she really didn't think I needed a bigger shield, but that I could try it. I tried and it didn't make much difference. I also tried going to a lower suction. At a suction level that was comfortable for me, I wasn't getting any milk out. I finally just stopped pumping. It ended up not mattering cause my little mama's boy started refusing bottles at about 6 weeks - he's now a year and still doesn't want anything to do with them. When he was still taking bottles, he just got formula when I wasn't with him because I didn't know what else to do. It was causing me so much discomfort - my skin was actually tearing. Do you have to pump? Are you going back to work? If it's just for the occassional times that you're not with your baby, maybe you can just use some formula and save yourself the pain. I would try a properly fitting shield, though, first. Good luck!
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