Pain and sores- advice?
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|Wed, 07-29-2009 - 9:47pm|
I have suddenly developed incredibly painful cracks and sores on my areola (below the base my actual nipple) from pumping and could use any advice anyone has.
I use the extra large flanges for my Medela PIS, which I moved to while pumping for my older son. They have always worked great. I used to have friction and pain with the regular size flanges and these gave me the room I needed and all was well.
The sores started about 3-4 weeks ago. I thought it was a fluke and it would heal, but no luck. I am wondering if too much of my areola is being pulled into the flange and causing it to rub and then crack/bleed? Does this make sense? I can see a ton of it being pulled in, but don't know how much is the right amount.
I have been applying tons of lansinoh before pumping to grease the wheels, but it does not help. I know it is pumping and not nursing since it does not hurt to nurse and it tends to heal some on weekends when I only pump in the mornings.
I have been working and pumping for my 8 month old since I went back to work