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Old 10-14-2012, 10:25 PM   #1
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Too pump or not to pump-WWYD?

So, 2 days post partum and milk is in. And I am very engorged, I feel like I have 2 bowling balls on my chest.

The problem is, I am so big, already, that it's making getting a proper latch difficult. My nipples are totally flattened out, and won't let him get it right.

I want to pump some of this off, so that he can get a good latch, but I know that ultimately that's going to make the problem worse in the long term, to solve the short term issue.

WWYD?
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:35 PM   #2
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You can pump enough off to feel comfortable, or to return your nipples to their normal shape without causing problems. :-) Just pump off enough to feel comfortable, but don't empty the breast, and you'll be ok.

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Old 10-14-2012, 11:51 PM   #3
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You could express just a little bit to soften up the areola. I can grab a link tomorrow but you could also try reverse pressure softening.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:39 AM   #4
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Re: Too pump or not to pump-WWYD?

as said, pumping to just ease the engorgement shouldn't increase your supply - it's only when you pump past milk dripping easily, so your body thinks, oh i need to make more milk! that you really increase your supply

also try showers/hot baths, they can lessen engorgement and you can even nurse in the tub! just soak for a few minutes then have your hubby bring you the baby!
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:38 AM   #5
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Re: Too pump or not to pump-WWYD?

I would do reverse pressure softening, too. http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/rev_pressure_soft_cotterman/
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:55 AM   #6
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Re: Too pump or not to pump-WWYD?

Out of curiosity, is a manual a better choice in this situation, or does it not matter?
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Re: Too pump or not to pump-WWYD?

Doesn't matter. Pump only until the nipple shape is back to somewhat normal. Even hand expression is an option.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:48 PM   #8
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Re: Too pump or not to pump-WWYD?

Thanks ladies! I went with some hand expression in the shower instead and it helped a LOT. Little guy is doing so well with the overactive letdown that happens from so much milk, so I don't think it will be long at all before my body figures out what he needs.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:23 PM   #9
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Re: Too pump or not to pump-WWYD?

Yay! Those first few days are tough. I can't imagine what those babies think when we offer them a balloon to try to latch onto.
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Re: Too pump or not to pump-WWYD?

Lol. I was engorgedvall the time. I noticed though 2nd time hand was softer cuz I found my powered pump still pulled lots. I felt like a cow getting milked. Hand was softer & just relieved enough. Or me it was. Hard to pump to get rid of the engorgement. I also used heat packs too nuk I think from target & that helped.
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