How to prevent pain while pumping?
You’ve probably noticed that we often tell you pumping shouldn’t be painful or unpleasant. However, sometimes you might experience some pain.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you handle the pain:
- check your fit
Pumping with the wrong breast shield size is one of the most common causes for painful pumping. Make sure to measure yourself and use the correct size while pumping!
- Check your schedule!
Sometimes, engorged breasts may be very painful. This may occur when you forget to breastfeed (or pump) as often as you should, or simply because you’re just starting out (it’s completely natural to experience engorgement 2-5 days after birth). Engorgement causes the breasts to become overly full, and sometimes even stretches your nipples until they become flat. Try taking a warm shower, using a heat pack, or massaging your breast to ease the pain and encourage milk flow. When using the Annabella breast pump – make sure to start out with a gentle setting and gradually increase the levels until you’re fully relieved.
- check your setting!
When it comes to pumping, higher isn’t always better! Remember to use only the setting that is most comfortable for you. Using a high level of vacuum, tongue pace or tongue height will not only cause pain but may also harm your milk supply.
- check your baby!
A possible cause for your discomfort may be due to incorrect latch or even teething. Make sure to consult with a lactation specialist for a full oral assessment if you suspect that this is the cause of your pain.
- check yourself!
We all know the cliché “pain is your body’s way of telling you that there’s something wrong”. Well, it’s a cliché for a good reason.
Remember to check your health and your body regularly. Nipple or breast pain may be a sign of a variety of health conditions such as pregnancy, a blocked milk duct, early mastitis symptoms, cracked nipples, or even a calcium deficiency.
Seeing your physician for regular checkups is always a good idea when it comes to pain!
Remember! Pumping should never be painful or uncomfortable! Please consult with a lactation specialist or reach out to our customer service if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort.