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Old 06-08-2008, 09:59 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm trying to induce lactation for a baby I'm adopting in a few weeks and I've been on domperidone to raise my prolactin levels for a week now. I also have been experimenting with horn sizes on my Lactina pump and settled on the 30mm size at about the same time I started the dom.

The past 3 days my nipples have been very tender/sore. I always put lotion on them before pumping and then Lanisoh afterward. They are usually the most sore when I start pumping and then the soreness goes away quite a bit as I pump.

(for the record, I am not lactating yet)

So, does anyone have any advice for me? Is this the meds or the new horns causing this? I commonly have tender breasts around ovulation and my period, but nothing like this.

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How long are you pumping each time?
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10 minutes each time, about every 3-5 hours depending on how busy I am
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Mine were sore and I guess I just got used to it. I also built up some tougher skin for a brief time but I was pumping about 15-20 minutes 8 times a day.
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I don't know if you have tried this or not but turn the level you are pumping at down just a bit. I have found that I don't have to have it turned up all the way to get the same amount of milk so I would imagine it wouldn't matter what level you were pumping at, just the stimulation is what counts.
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I don't know if you have tried this or not but turn the level you are pumping at down just a bit. I have found that I don't have to have it turned up all the way to get the same amount of milk so I would imagine it wouldn't matter what level you were pumping at, just the stimulation is what counts.
Turn both controls down if you have a speed and suction control...and maybe just go down to like 5 minutes and work your way back up to 10 minutes if you aren't yet producing. I am very fair skinned, so I cracked and bled and it took my breasts three weeks to recover from starting back up with each of the past two pregnancies...

Just give them time and they will get used to it.
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Yes, start with the lowest setting first and slowly increase the speed/suction during the session. I would also suggest that you keep the 10 minute pumping session, but increase the number of pumpings. That way you mimic the number of times your newborn will be eating in the beginning and you'll be able to hopefully have a stash of milk stored before she comes.
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Re: soreness...question for pumpers

I would also turn down the strength of the suction. And if you are at home or a place where it's easy I would pump more often (unless a medical professional who knows about inducing lactation has advised otherwise on the frequency of pumping).
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Thanks everyone for the helpful suggestions!!!
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try tarting off on a lower suction, then increasing it a little bit

maybe you need to "work up" to a harder suction..
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