I am exclusive pumper for my little baby girl... I have a Medela In Style pump. I'm wondering...is it normal to have a bit of pain when pumping begins? It's almost like a really hard pinch or bite with a pain that shoots right through me. It does subside a bit after a couple of minutes but sometimes it is quite painful (sometimes more than others). Also, at times my skin will crack and even bleed. I've had to stop pumping a couple of times when the suction on the pump pulls out a bunch of blood from a crack or small wound.
I use Lansinoh cream after every pump session and I try to allow myself to air dry in between sessions for as long as possible.
When I first started pumping, the wounds were pretty bad, but then I completely healed. For the past several weeks, I've had no pain, no bleeding, and no cracking. Now, however, it seems to have started back up again.
Thanks for any help you can give!