Pain when pumping?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-21-2004
Pain when pumping?
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Sun, 05-02-2010 - 2:14am
For a couple of weeks now, I'm having pain/soreness while pumping. It's as though my nipples are suddenly too sensitive for the amount of suction that I use, when they've been fine with it up until now! I'm afraid to turn down the suction because I'm afraid I won't get as much milk. I don't think it's thrush because I don't have any of the other symptoms...it's just odd to me that it started all of a sudden with no apparent reason! Has anyone else experienced this?
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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-02-2006
Sun, 05-02-2010 - 9:05am

The two biggest reasons for soreness w/ pumping are suction and fit.


You might want to experiment w/ lowering the suction, just to see if it makes a difference.


As far as fit, even if the horns were a perfect fit before, your nipples can change shape/size over the course of BFing/pumping ... so double check, maybe you need to go up a size in flange:

*SPENCER* happy Mami of two precious princesses! 

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Registered: 03-17-2009
Mon, 05-10-2010 - 11:47am
I am having the exact same issue. ugh. I dread pumping now. I know my horns fit well and like you am afraid to turn down the pump!

Sara (33) Married to Adam (30)
Jackson Alexander Born 2.9.10 8:4pm 4lbs 11oz at 33 weeks


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Sara (33) Married to Adam (30)
Jackson Alexander Born 2.9.10 8:4pm 4lbs 11oz at 33 weeks

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-21-2004
Mon, 05-10-2010 - 12:13pm
I decided to turn down the suction anyway and the pain is pretty much gone...and my output has not decreased! In fact, I actually pump a teeny bit more, believe it or not!
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Registered: 08-02-2006
Mon, 05-10-2010 - 1:30pm
I bet anticipating the pain hindered your letdown, so now that you can pump w/o pain, you're producing more :)

*SPENCER* happy Mami of two precious princesses! 

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