Why does pumping cause pain, while nursing does not?

Bonnie - posted on 11/30/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am nursing my 3rd child and have never had any problems before, but with this baby I have had mastitis and thrush multiple times and he is only 2 months old. I noticed that I don't have any pain when I don't pump, unfortunately I have to pump at least once a day since I have to work part time. Has anyone ever heard of this? My doctor just keeps telling me it is thrush and prescribes diflucan, but it only happens when I pump. Any suggestions?

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Jodi - posted on 11/30/2010

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You can get the shields in different sizes to fit your nipples/areolas. If your nipples are touching or rubbing the inside of the shield it's too small. Also, try turning the suction down a bit. I didn't pump very often, but here's a few things that helped ease the pain of pumping:
I would hand express a bit of my milk into the shield to moisten it, it helped to better the suction and not just grab at my skin so bad. Also, I never pumped on one side for more than 10 minutes at a crack. I would pump one breast until the milk stopped coming out, then pump the other side until the milk stopped, switch back to the first side where new milk had already come in and so on and so forth until I had enough. That probably helped me the most with the pain. Best of luck! Also, you could try talking to a lactation consultant, most of them have some handy tricks up their sleeves, not just for nursing, but for pumping as well!

Lise - posted on 11/30/2010

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What pump are you using? How high of a suction do you use? Have you ever tried lubing the horns? Are the horns the right size?

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