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Old 04-17-2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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Exclusively pumping and sore nipples

I have to exclusively pump for my 8 week old DD. I breastfed DS so this is my first go at EPing. My nipples are SO very sore all.the.time! Does this ever improve while EPing? I don't remember still having sore nipples while breastfeeding at this point.

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Re: Exclusively pumping and sore nipples

It sounds like your pump setting might be too high or perhaps the shields are too small or too big?
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:01 AM   #3
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I just started EPing about 3 days ago and my nipples are killing me too. By the Medela fit guide I would be the standard flange size but I found sizing up helped a little. I sure hope it gets better!
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Re: Exclusively pumping and sore nipples

I would also recommend sizing up. I was getting gnarly abrasions on my left nipple about 4 months into exclusive pumping. Sizing up to a 27 flange on that side helped. You can also coat your nipples with a generous amount of coconut oil or, my favorite, Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Cream. 3 months later I had to switch to a 27 on the right side as well.

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Re: Exclusively pumping and sore nipples

When I was EPing for my son, I had to go up in flange sizes. Also, you can ask your doctor for an all-purpose nipple ointment.
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Pumping pals flanges are more comfortable I'm also almost exclusively pumping for Paxton he hates latching on
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Re: Exclusively pumping and sore nipples

What the others said about going up flange sizes, also I used organic olive oil to lubricate when I used the hospital grade pump. My Ameda purely yours is much easier on my nipples so I don't use oil anymore.

Also are you turning your suction up high? I can only stand low suction. Supposedly suction setting does not increase your pump output.
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Re: Exclusively pumping and sore nipples

What the others said about going up flange sizes, also I used organic olive oil to lubricate when I used the hospital grade pump. My Ameda purely yours is much easier on my nipples so I don't use oil anymore.

Also are you turning your suction up high? I can only stand low suction. Supposedly suction setting does not increase your pump output.
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