Thank goodness I've found this forum!

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Registered: 02-12-2014
Thank goodness I've found this forum!
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Wed, 02-12-2014 - 12:24pm

I have felt terrible for two weeks.  I hate breastfeeding (insert new Mommy guilt here).  My LO fed easily.  I have plenty of milk.  I sobbed every time I fed him.  It hurt- so badly.  "Keep trying!  It won't hurt forever!  You just have to go another week..." I couldn't do it.  My husband and I decided, after 2 weeks, that I could try EP-ing.  Since I was already pumping (my supply was huge when my milk came in) a few times a day, it wasn't so bad to just pop it in a bottle and hope for the best.  My LO took the bottle easily.  Hooray!  Right?  Well, now I'm freaking out.  I'm doing what I've read- pump every 2-3 hours.  After he eats.  Before he eats.  In the middle of the night.  I'm eating and drinking.  My supply is low!  My right breast is hardly giving anything.  My nipples feel bruised.  I'm not pumping hard...  What's going on?  I'm using heat to help my breasts (I'm hugging a heating pad as I type instead of my LO!).  I cried this morning because I could hardly get anything.  I'm using a Medela In Style pump.  (As an English teacher, I'm embarrassed by how unorganized this is.  But, I'm really in need of some help!)

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Registered: 05-18-2011
Wed, 02-12-2014 - 5:43pm

I'm so sorry that you are going through this! Your LO is two weeks old? Congrats on your baby!

So it sounds like the two major problems are that you've had a supply drop and that your nipples hurt? Here is what I would do:

* The pain you describe makes me wonder - do you think you might have a clogged duct? Do you feel a lump where it hurts? Does it only hurt on one side?

* For nipple pain, every single time you pump, use lanolin or olive oil. Lube up your boob before putting the flanges on.

* Pump on the highest setting that is comfortable to you. You can start low and go higher.

* You are pumping the right amount and using a good pump, so no worries there. Do you think the pump is working correctly? You might want to call Medela and see if they can troubleshoot any possible issues with it. The fact that your supply was great before and now is not makes me wonder.

* If it's not a pump issue, I would start with trying fenugreek. (I wrote up a how-to here: http://exclusivepumping.com/2014/01/02/taking-fenugreek-for-increasing-milk-supply/) You can also try eating oatmeal.

Good luck!!! And congrats again on your baby!

Henry 2/11

Violet 12/12

My exclusive pumping story

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Registered: 02-12-2014
Wed, 02-12-2014 - 6:02pm

I actually spoke to a LC today!  She thinks I may be suffering from vasospasms in my nipples (since I suffer from migraines, this is common from what the LC said).  I emailed my doctor in hopes she will prescribe the medication that will make the pain go away.  The LC also suggested that I lube up the funnels.  Let's hope this helps...  This pain MUST go away!!

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Registered: 05-18-2011
Wed, 02-12-2014 - 8:41pm

That's awesome! So glad to hear that. Hope the meds help!

Henry 2/11

Violet 12/12

My exclusive pumping story

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Registered: 02-13-2014
Thu, 02-13-2014 - 5:14pm

You can also try using Super Flanges by pumpin pal. I was reading this book called exclusively pumping and one of the tips it suggested for low supply and sore nipples is to use this flanges... So i bought them from amazon and started using them and it worked for me! it is a lot less painful and i was actually able to express more milk. the only negative side is that its $30 for 3 sizes S,M,L and i only use S. they all come together and you can't buy it with just your size. check out their website too pumpinpal.com

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Registered: 02-16-2014
Mon, 02-17-2014 - 9:55am
I haven't seen an increase in production with pumpin pals yet - but I agree that they are far more comfortable. I've actually been switching between sizes, so I guess their strategy of selling the pack worked for me. Makes sense, since I had to try three medela sizes as well!