Help positioning pump

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-25-2013
Help positioning pump
Sat, 05-25-2013 - 11:25am

hi please can anyone advise me, no matter how hard I try and it is hard, I cannot line up the cushions on the pump so my nipples are central, even when I think I have it right, I turn the pump on and 1 or both nipples are squashed against the side of the pump. If I leave one side while I try and fix the other side then the first side which may or may not have been central becomes dislodged. I have ordered bigger cushions but I'm not sure even that will help.  I am using olive oil and lanolin/lansinoh but it's still sore, and it's not efficient. Because I am rather large my nipples are kind of headed downwards, and I'm close to giving up which I don't want to do. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks 

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-08-2013
Sat, 06-08-2013 - 7:51pm

First, I wanted to say don't be to hard on yourself and stick it out as long as you can.

I EPed with my first and had a similar problem that you're having now.  Buying the bigger flanges should help with the soreness but having larger nipples/breasts mean you're going to struggle with this problem most of the time.  I found that if I lined everything up one one breast, then turned on the pump with a slow speed/suction it gave me time to line them up the 2nd breast without losing the alignment on the 1st.  Having just a little suction helps hold everything in place while you're moving back and forth between your breasts. Once everythings in place you can turn up the speed/suction.

Another thing that would help is having someone hold the first one in place once you've got it lined up and are working on the 2nd.   My husband had to hold mine for the first 2 weeks or so until I figured out how to do it all on my own.  

The biggest piece of advice I'd have it to not be afraid to ask for help, you're doing everything a new mom does plus pumping 8-10 times a day.  The means you have 2 or 3 hrs less per day than someone who uses formula or is nursing.  Do the best you can, lean on others as much as possible and enjoy the beautiful baby you made.