Pumping = PAIN! What should I do?

Kkrjrpleggett - posted on 03/17/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 10 months old. He has nursed since he was born. I pumped about twice a day while he was nursing and I never had a problem. Now my son has basically weaned himself, he will not nurse no matter what I try. Even refusing to give him a bottle for 2 extra hours did not make him choose to nurse, and I couldn't make my self let him go any longer than that with out feeding him. So he gets bottles of breast milk. The problem is, I now pump 4-5 times a day with him nursing at all, and I am in so much pain I don't know if I can continue. Every time I turn the pump on, it feels like I'm milking razor blades. My nipples are Always hard which is extremely painful. Trying to wear a bra when my nipple are so hard, turns them WHITE and then they hurt even worse because of an apparent lack of blood flow. I've got the largest size pump, I use the lowest suction possible to still get the milk out, I massage my breasts to help with let down so I can be done quicker, but it all still hurts so much. I use my own milk as an "ointment" since it's better than any you will ever buy for healing your nipples, but it doesn't help. They aren't dry or cracked or anything, but Extremely painful Every time I pump, I can hardly stand to touch them and my husband cannot touch them with out causing me pain. Frankly, I would rather go through labor contractions again than deal with this everyday, but I want my son to get breast milk until at least a year. What do I do? Should I just call it quits anyway, or is there something that can be done?

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/17/2012

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Cannot find the other ones right now. But they are like soft silicone breast shield pumps. they were a lot more comfortable. maybe you can find them on the medela site.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/17/2012

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You can hand express, or get nipple shields for comfort by medela when yo uhave your bra on. Also, the hard plastic nipple shields can be uncomfortable. I like the soft silicone ones. I will look for a link on both those products. They may help.

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