I delivered via c/s last Monday evening. Started pumping on Tuesday afternoon (I'm a surrogate, so I didn't nurse). My nipples are still suffering and today so far seems to be the worst yet. I started out with the 24mm flanges, went up to the 27mm (which I think is the proper fit, I think the 30mm would suck in too much areola). For a good 3 hours after nursing my nipples (1 side more than the other) were on FIRE. I had to hold my boobs in order for the pain to subside (maybe the pressure of holding them down). My plan is/was to continue to pump and donate, but not sure how much more of this I can stand. I was planning on giving it until next Monday (2w from delivery), just wondering when it got better for others, or if you had little/no pain with pumping. Normally, excluding this morning, they just hurt when I first start pumping (using the Symphony on the absolute lowest setting still), when they're touched, even if something/someone just lightly grazes them, and when I take the flanges off and dab them with a paper towel/cloth to dry any milk on them.
GSx1 - 05/13/2013
GSx2 for T&B - EDD 6/21/2015