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|Thu, 03-18-2010 - 11:06am|
Hi, I'm Courtney and just started back to work on March 4th. This is my 2nd child and I worked and pumped until my first son was 9 months old. I have a Medela PISA.
I'm having some supply and pain problems and I'd like someone's opinion. I should start by saying that after pumping 3x on the my first and second days back to work, I had mastitis by the 3rd day. I know that mastitis affects supply, but it was my first time getting it. I'm wondering if it has to do with the size of my breast shields. It seems like I was getting enough out, but maybe not? I use the large 27mm Medela personal fit shields, but it's been sore around the areola where it meets my nipple. I can't remember if that's a normal hazard to pumping or not.
Last night I went to buy the next size breast shield (30 mm) to see if it made a difference, and it still hurts around that area when I pump. Maybe the larger size isn't the answer (sucks a bit more of the areola into the tube), but I feel like my supply is getting lower and the pump doesn't empty my left breast very well (that's my lower performing side anyway, but still). Even supply in my right side has gone down.
Any thoughts on breast shield sizes? Is it normal to have that soreness? How long does it take supply to rebound from mastitis? I don't have that full feeling in the morning anymore, and am not getting that big morning output. My son does not STTN yet, so I nurse him 2-3 times in the middle of the night.