hands free pumping bra cause plugged ducts or mastitis?

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Registered: 12-31-1969
hands free pumping bra cause plugged ducts or mastitis?
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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 12:09pm
I have been EP'ing my 7 week old due to latch difficulty. I developed Mastitis early on and think I have it again. Can this be caused by using a hands free bra to double pump? I feel like it is squishing by breasts down while wearing it and it not very comfortable. I am using the Simple Wishes bustier style bra. It is so much more comfortable to be able to simply hold the pumps to my breasts since i can move them around to different "quadrants" of the breast to alleviate consistent pressure in one spot. But, it takes so much longer to pump each breast individually. I want to use a hands free bra" but i am afraid it is causing plugs and/or mastitis. Are my fears unfounded? Thanks!
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Registered: 05-16-2012
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 3:32pm

I think it is possible given the physiology of the breast. But it is just guess. 

But:

1. Maybe you have your bra just to tight or wearing it somehow wrong? I`m size K and always use hands free bra and never feel any squishing

2. You can just cut any regual bra.. It won`t last for very long time without additional stitching, but it might be more comfortable than typical hands free.

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Registered: 05-16-2012

BTW in case if you did not see this one http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/hands-free-pumping/

you could use this idea in addition to hands free bra, not to keep horns in place but to distribute some of the bottle`s weight to the bra straps. this way you can loosen bra even more.