I see a lot of questions/ concerns on Instagram about sore nipples while pumping. So, LETS TALK!
First off, yes! Your nipples can become sore when you first start on your pumping journey. Especially if you’re pumping more often than baby feeds or if the suction speed is to high. By the time you decide to start pumping your body has already had weeks if not months to adjust to your baby’s suction type & speed pattern making you and baby the perfect fit =). Once you add PUMPING to the picture it throws things off a bit but only until your body gets used to it. I would suggest asking yourself a few questions to make sure it’s nothing else causing the nip pain…
Are you using a correctly sized breast shield? Using too small or too big breast shields may cause pumping discomfort (nipple pain) and cause your breast not emptied thoroughly.
Could it be Thrush? This is a funky yeast infection that can happen to you or your baby, and even both. Signs would be itchy, pink, red, burning nipples and shooting breast pain while or after feeding. It’s always good to consult your doctor if you have concerns.
Do you have a milk blister? A milk blister, or blocked nipple pore, bleb or nipple blister, or “milk under the skin” is painful. It occurs when a bit of skin overgrows a milk duct opening and milk backs up behind it. A milk blister usually shows as a painful white, clear or yellow dot on the nipple or areola
After you’ve asked yourself these questions and you’re in the clear just stick with it. It gets better. I’m sure you remember the pain you thought was neverending when you first started breastfeeding?! (Geez, I do!) But yes, this too will pass. YOU GOT THIS, MAMA!!!
Anything you want to share? Comment below. LETS TALK!