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Expressing and breast shape

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TimeWasting Sat 16-Jul-11 10:04:30

I'm reading up on breast pumps atm, due in Oct but want to have the details ready for when I want to order the pump.

I have fat, floppy breasts with big nipples that point right downwards and with DS wasn't able to hand express more than drops, though he was bf exclusively. I never tried to pump though.

Getting a good latch and positioning was very difficult to start with, and I'm wondering if the same issues with breast shape would apply to breast pumps?

japhrimel Sat 16-Jul-11 10:06:20

No, except that you might need a large size nipple funnel (medium is standard). Medela definitely do different size pump parts.

TimeWasting Sat 16-Jul-11 10:40:43

Ooh, yes, that's good to know, thank you.

shuckleberryfinn Sat 16-Jul-11 17:58:43

Ameda do too. I have 32-35Mm flanges. The standard is 25 I think. I've not found a manual pump with customfit flanges though.

SleepySuzy Sat 16-Jul-11 18:01:38

I think you'd be fine with the medela. It worked really well for me. Only thing is, stubborn DD won't take a bottle sad

TimeWasting Sat 16-Jul-11 22:00:15

Sorry to hear that Sleepy. I think we're always told that babies will love bottles/formula etc, so it's a bit confused when actually, they prefer the boob after all.

Anyone else have any knowledge/experience of expressing with a pump if one has awkard breasts?

TruthSweet Sat 16-Jul-11 22:12:15

Ardo also do different sizes - the 'Individual' Set comes with 28, 31 & 36mm sizes, the pumps themselves seem to come with 26/28/31mm breastshells.

This shows you what to look for in a breast pump to see if it fits properly.

I have to say as someone who expressed for a long time with a ill fitting breastpump, it can do damage and permanently change your breast tissue/nipples/areola (well, perhaps not permanent but it's been 5 years and they haven't changed back!) so choose carefully and don't continue to express if it hurts or makes you sore.

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