Re: STILL having problems with pumping (long)
i have also heard that olive oil can be used to lubricate your nipples/areolas before pumping...though i haven't tried it myself.
KLW, i'm sorry that you're going through all this trouble and pain with pumping. it sounds like you did all the right things (e.g., getting larger breastshields). a little bit of soreness is to be expected during pumping (i pump 4 times a day, 10-15 minutes each session...and i have the medela PIS advanced, standard sized breastshields)...i use the highest setting...and there is a bit of soreness after pumping, but it goes away within a few minutes. maybe you should turn the suction down lower?!?!
the only other thing at this point that i can recommend is to contact your local LLL or your hospital's lactation consultant and see what they have to say about the soreness during pumping.
sorry i wasn't that much help, but i do hope it gets better for you. hang in there!
Aleina... born on Mother's Day, May 14, 2006...7lbs 4oz, 21.6 inches
Lauryn Elle...January 26, 2008...7lbs 15oz, 20 inches