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Breastfeeding Beginnings

Beth S.
BETH S.
Lactation Consultant
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If you've recently begun your breastfeeding journey, then today's Q&A is for you. Ask your questions and get the expert support you need. Led by Tinyhood Lactation Consultant, Beth Sanders.

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Pumping
VANESSA

I have a baby who is 5 days old and my nipples are sore when I pump and have little scabs. I’m not sure if the pumping cup is to small

Beth
BETH

Hi Vanessa, thank you for reaching out! Are you also breastfeeding, or just pumping?
The pump flange may be too small, and/ or the pump may be set to strong. Try a larger flange and a softer suck and see if that helps!
Beth

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Overactive letdown
HAILIE, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD, 22 MONTH OLD

I have a really forceful letdown. My little girl often chokes during and after nursing. She also has VERY bad painful gas (is that something that's related to the letdown?). She has gotten to where she will unlatch once my letdown starts so that way she doesn't choke, but still sometimes will try to nurse through it. Is there a way to make it easier for her?? And also, I have a very PAINFUL letdown. To the point to where both if my breasts feel extremely sore and feel like they are going to explode. I try not to even move while its happening. Normal??

Beth
BETH

Hi Hailie, thank you for reaching out. Your baby's gas could definitely be related to your letdown.
Try pumping off a little before feeding her. You could also try to lay back while feeding her, so that gravity is working with you to slow it down. Another trick is to put a little bit of pressure over your breast - essentially squishing it - so that the milk ducts are squished and the milk may flow a little slower. The pain that you're experiencing MAY go away or reduce in the next few weeks as your body adjusts to how much milk to make.
Hope this helps!
Beth