My pump is killing me... 5 months later. — The Bump

My pump is killing me... 5 months later.

So this may have to do with my boobs just being sensitive from thrush, but who knows.... anyway, for the last week or so pumping has been really tough!  My nipples and breasts are really sensitive.  I use a Medela PISA.  It's always been somewhat rough at first, but then as the session goes on it feels better.  Lately, I've had to back WAY off on the power and also I switched to 27mm shields.  Maybe I was just being too rough on my boobs all along, and now that I'm back to work they are revolting.  Anyone else have a hard time with the Medela?  Anything I can do to make it more comfortable?  I think I have the right fit for the shields, now that I am experimenting with larger ones.  Are the soft shields helpful?  Or a pain?  What else can I be doing to make pumping more comfortable?  It is weird that I am having all these issues now, at 5 months.  Kind of frustrating! 

Re: My pump is killing me... 5 months later.

  • Pumping and nursing both will make you hurt when you have thrush.  It burns bad, even after pumping/nursing.  You need to get you both treated for thrush (I saw the other post) - my DD was treated first and I used OTC stuff - and make sure you clean the pump parts really well so you aren't reintroducing.  I have the PISA too and am not that pleased with it in general.  The shields don't fit me well either because I have large breasts but I have small nipples
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