So I have been exclusively bf my lo who is now 9 months old and am pumping during my 3 12hr shifts per week. over the past several weeks pumping has gotten more painful and is actually causing cracks/cuts at the base of my nipple where it meets the areola. I know its from rubbing but I havent been able to fix it. I actually have small breasts and nipples and when I pump (with my PISA) it pulls my whole areola and part of my breast into the tube. Now that my breast are softening it is becoming a lot more painful. I have tried small sheilds large shields and the softshields. I had been pumping on the highest setting but I am below half strength right now (if I go any lower i dont express enough-even with hand compressions). any advice on what to do? It is extremely painfula dn causes some bleeding and painful nursing. It will heal after about 2-3 days of no pumping but them im back at work again. any advice would be appreciated. and sorry if this is a mess I am at work and pumping, no time to proof read!