I know this is going to sound like a stupid question, but I have a *weird* situation for me.
I have been EP'ing since the boys were born. We did have some latching in the beginning, but it didn't work out. No problem. I'm flexible. Everything with pumping has been AWESOME. I don't see it as a burden, even DD will remind me that it's time to pump. Haha.
BUT . . . . I am suddenly having days where I find myself severely engorged, but am absolutely strugging to get the milk out. I have NEVER had a situation like that. Severe engorgement ended when the boys were like 2-3 months old. I have been playing around with flange sizes and have gone up to the 36mm and have noticed that I am more engorged some days. But the struggle to get the milk out is killing me. I don't feel any clogged ducts. I've had to resort to laying down on my stomach on the heating pad on those days just to get the milk out. It's incredibly painful. I think I was near tears the other day just trying to lay on the heating pad.
I've spent the last 3 days like this and I'm clueless as to why it's happening and what I can do to relieve it. I already pump 8+ times a day and my nipples are somewhat raw from the pumping. And if the boys would latch (that's a no-go), they might be able to help.
Why in the heck am I suddenly having performance anxiety with my pump????