Im a first time mother so this is going to be a long one........(TAKES DEEP BREATH)
I gave birth almost two weeks ago, on July 4th to my DD (that means dear daughter, right?). Anyway, a little less than 20hrs after her birth, she had to be moved to the "special care nursery" so I was forced to pump much sooner than expected. The LC on staff at the hospital had me try three different Medela flange sizes. The standard which was completely out of the question, a 30mm which was just as painful and a 36mm which works well for one breast but still pinches the other. Almost every day of our seven day stay in the hospital, I had some type of pain or discomfort from pumping (cracking, blistering, mastitis, etc). I used the double electric Medela pump they made available to new mothers, which I believe LC referred to it as the "classic". I didnt have a pump at home so I purchased the Medela Harmony handpump when we were finally discharged from the hospital.
Since using the manual pump, Ive noticed a decrease in the amount of pain but Im still experiencing some discomfort with the flange size. Ive even noticed that when Im cleaning the parts after pumping, sometimes there is a residue inside the flange which resembles the skin around my areola (as if it has "rubbed off"). When using the double electric pump, I tried lubricating with lanolin before starting but it made matters worse since it increased the friction causing both my nipple & areola to move all over the place during suction. So Ive been pumping "dry" and quite honestly it doesnt hurt as much as when I use lubrication. Anyway, my question is this.....are there any other pump choices that might give me a more comfortable pumping experience but also has large flange sizes available? Ive heard mention of Lansinoh, Ameda, Playtex and First Years but nothing specifically to flange sizes. Any and all input is much apprecaited. Thanks :-))