Milkmaids!

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by Apples&Oranges, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    My nipples are suddenly SO painful when I start to pump. Like, when the pump turns on I’m wincing. I have the same settings I’ve always used so I don’t think it’s that. As the pumping session progresses I’m fine, but wtf up until that point.
     
  2. Comet

    Comet Chicken

    Mine were really sensitive recently and slathering in lanolin before starting to pump helped a lot.
     
  3. RogueLlama

    RogueLlama Chicken

    Do your flanges still fit? I definitely had to change sizes after nursing/pumping for awhile because my nipples changed size. My lactation consultant said it was totally normal.
     
  4. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    @RogueLlama I use 2 different size flanges because my nipples are differently sized and they both equally hurt.
     
  5. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Every so often I have to change the settings because I get really sensitive to the suction. There’s not much rhyme or reason but if my sleep is worse than normal, I’ll usually have to dial down my settings.
     
  6. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    I wonder if I have a clogged duct somewhere because now the sensitivity is accompanied by one sided pain that feels like PMS/pregnancy boob on steroids. Was able to massage it a little with a heating pad but omg.
     
  7. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Have you tried massaging it out during a warm shower? That sometimes helps but omg it is not pleasant. Sometimes getting the clog out bruises so badly that it takes a day or two for me to realize the clog is actually gone.
     
  8. Comet

    Comet Chicken

    I think I may have figured out the problem. In addition to not sleeping, he has been wanting to nurse constantly. I hadn't pumped since Wednesday since I was out of work with C Thursday & Friday. Also had my second postpartum period last week which I'm sure impacted my supply. My first pump back at work today only yielded 3oz and normal for this pump is 5-6oz. I think I've been starving my poor baby. :cry:
     
  9. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Poor C! Here’s hoping you both can get some sleep tonight.
     
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  10. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Aw, poor baby :sad: his constant nursing might have lessened the supply that your pump could pull, maybe? Like if he was nursing more often through the night, then he maybe drained you more by morning, if that makes sense. But you can always supplement a couple oz of ready feed while you wait for your supply to go back up.
     
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  11. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    Does anyone have recommendations on a great milk storage system? I’ve been using the medela bags but they leak like crazy. RIP liquid boob gold.
     
  12. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    I have purchased almost 1000 of the Gland bags and as of yet not a single one had leaked. I love them. They are thick and I love that I can tear the spout to pour. Downside: use something else to measure as the tick marks are off and they’re only resealable if you use the top part. I freeze in 2-3oz amounts and they work really well for those.
     
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  13. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I used the Nuk bags because they were cheap, but never had a problem with leaking. Also someone gave me some Target bags and those worked fine when I used them, too. The marks on all of them are way off, I always measured in a bottle and poured it in.
    If anyone uses the small Medela 2oz containers, I have over 100 I'd be happy to share with you.
     
  14. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    I had maybe 2 or 3 leaks in my BFing lifetime using the lashinoh bags.
     
  15. megatron

    megatron Wordsmith

    I also used the lanisoh bags and they didn’t leak from what I could tell.
     
  16. hallokween

    hallokween Chicken

    They're kind of pricey, but I pump straight into the kiinde bags, and no leakage. They have screw on tops.
     
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  17. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

    Target Up & Up bags leaked like crazy when I defrosted, FYI. I don't remember having any issues with Lanisoh. Those Gland bags look cool.
     
  18. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    This is what I’ve used and liked! Also liked you could pump right into them!
     
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  19. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    I didnt like Kiinde bags because they were hard to measure accurately and they didnt stack as easily in the freezer. They were definitely convenient though. I'd keep them at work as backup for when I inevitably forgot to bring enough pump bottles.
     
  20. Comet

    Comet Chicken

    I've used both Medela and Lansinoh bags with no issues. I don't freeze more than 4oz in a single bag and I thaw bags upright in a plastic container to avoid leakage. When I thaw milk, I just cut the bags open right below the zipper part and pour into bottles - I find that easier to avoid spills.

    Eta: I do what CW did too - measure in a bottle first, then pour into bag.
     
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  21. moose

    moose RINGWORM GIRL :(

    I feel like every milk bag has measurements that are way off. I’ve never found something that matched my graduated cylinder exactly.
     
  22. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    We have a small kitchen scale that is great for a quick accurate measurement and I just wrote in sharpie on the bag
     
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  23. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    I generally measure in the storage bottles rather than the bags. But if i pump into a bag like I do for the kiinde bags, i dont want to have to dump it out to measure it in a bottle, kwim?
     
  24. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    I pump directly into the bags with the Maymom clips that hold the bags. I usually use Spectra for pumping so no idea if there’s an option for the Medela pumps. I loved the look of the Kiinde but that was pricy for pumping 4 or more times per day.
     
  25. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    So I think it’s time to drop a pumping session but agh, my body is a creature of deeply felt habits and does not want to wait even an hour past normal pumping time (even if I routinely go longer stretches overnight).
     

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