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|Mon, 01-16-2012 - 9:00pm|
Hi, So glad that I found this board. I had a C-section 2 weeks ago, and have been pumping since 3rd day. However, my supply is very bad. Now I pump 6 - 7 times a day (20 min each), producing only 8 - 9oz breastmilk. And my girl is a big eater, she's already drinking 28oz a day.
I've read here some supply boosting recommendations to do 8-10 pumps a day and some power pump. However, my nipples hurts so bad that I don't think I can handle any more. I'm now using Madela Pump-in-style pump, with size 27mm or 30mm shield. 27 seems to fits me the best. I'm also using Olive Oil as lubricante, and Lanolin on nipples after each pump, but they still hurt badly that I have to use a breastshield to wear a bra, or leave them exposed in air. After each pump, they're so sore, and I could see some area very pink, and even a few bleeding spots. My question is if I continue to pump 6-7 times a day, will the breast be toughen up soon so that I can start more pumping sessions to boost supply? This pain is killing me....With the poor supply I got, I have to admit that I'm thinking of quitting every single day.