Hi. I have a 12 week old, who was such a chomper, I became an exclusive pumper. Other than thrush at the start, I thought things were going pretty well.
I started to notice my nipples and breasts were getting a lot more sore after pumping. My sister mentioned she had Raynauds, I did a quick google, seemed to be the problem, although bearable.
The last week, my nipples have become so sore, but it feels internal. The skin is a little dry and irritated, but nothing more than usual. The pain has gotten so bad, I have to keep the pump super low.
Because I have to keep the pump so low, it takes forever to pump. I think this is increasing my supply... Because my boobs feel like rocks after an hour or 2. But I can't seem to get any out. Before I would get 3-5oz out of each breast after 10-15 mins. Now it's 40mins each side, I'll maybe get 3oz. But they still feel so full, and will start to leak majorly quickly after pumping.
The pain after pumping has gotten to the point of taking OTC codein a few times a day, which is very unlike me.
Yesterday I started pumping out big drops of blood (from inside my breast, not the nipples)
Do you think I should continue this crazy long pumping, that gets out nothing? Turn the machine up and hurt like crazy to try and get the milk out? I feel so full and sore and miserable.
I am waiting on a lactation consultant, they can take up to a week. And they are more interested in getting me breastfeeding again. I don't have any other symptoms of infection. I have been given a letter from my Plunket nurse to give to my gp, to get a prescription for something for Raynauds, but I doubt he has any good advice regarding pumping... If anyone has any ideas I would really appreciate it.