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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2008

    Default Pumping and nipple pain

    I have been pumping at least 1x a day since 10 days pp. Since i've been back to work (3 weeks), I've been pumping 2x/day. After the first week- I realized my pump was a little too strong as I had some bursted blood vessels and inflammation. A lower setting seemed to help but now, one side is cracked and red and I cry when my daughter latches on. pumping is not painful- but definitely seems to make it worse since there is blood in my breast pad afterwards. . .
    Do I have to stop pumping?
    I'm waiting for my break to call the LC- but any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
    Married my sweetheart 5/13/06
    and babygail makes three 5/29/08
    7 lb 2 oz born at 36 1/7 weeks,
    2 mos: 11 lb 12 oz
    returned to work 7/29/08

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Default Re: Pumping and nipple pain

    How's it going?

    Hoping better! Perhaps you could use a larger flange? Or like you said just too high on the suction?
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Default Re: Pumping and nipple pain

    what type of pump do you have? Could it be that the flange isn't positioned properly? I nearly tore the nipple off of myself - with a manual of all things - when I positioned the flange slightly too low If you're using a high quality electric pump the powerful suction coupled with a position that is not quite right, could create some soreness.

    How is baby's latch at home? Try to make sure that she is latching really deep, as a shallow latch will only prolong the problem.


    mother of 2 boys!

    Birth: 7lbs 12oz, 1 year: 22lbs 11oz
    until he self-weaned 4 days before his third birthday ... still on occasion ... and happily

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