Swollen nipples from pumping?
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|Tue, 08-25-2009 - 6:58pm|
When I start pumping my nipples fit perfectly fine in the flanges, right after let down, they've swollen twice their size, and by the time I'm finished, they're rubbing on the sides of the flanges. They feel like they're bruised by the time I'm done!
I have no bleeding at all, they're just very red. I (thankfully) have no pain when my daughter latches.
Do I need bigger flanges? Or is my suction turned up too high?
I could back down the suction but its not the actual "suction" that hurts. I am pumping a decent amount despite the swelling 7oz my first pumping, 5 oz my second, and 4-5 oz in my third and fourth times.
Is there anything I can do to prevent the swelling?
On my off days if my daughter wants to eat right after I've pumped (I try and avoid that by feeding her before, but it doesn't always work) she has difficulty latching because of the swelling.
Is there anything I can do to relieve the soreness from pumping? Would Lanolin help with that (I've never really used it yet)
Other than that the electric pumping is working out SO well! I love my pump, it works well even on batteries. I was able to leave my husband enough for a 12 hour shift fresh in the fridge, and 20 more oz. in the freezer
THANK GOD FOR TECHNOLOGY =)