pumping with Reynauds

I pump exclusivley because my daughter can't latch, even with lots of lactation support.

I have Reynauds and have frequently seen the effects in my feet and hands, and I have horrible pain from it in my nipples, even with pumping exclusively.

I tried all of the other "remedies" and nothing worked so I am starting Nifedipine and am hoping that will work, the only down fall is that my blood pressure is already low so my doc is a bit nervous about how this will be effected by the meds.

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Nov 15, 2013
Tough decisions
by: Lyssa

Breastfeeding is not always the best or simplest answer for every baby and mother. Sometimes there are problems that make it difficult or impossible. Reynauds is a very difficult condition. It is ver important to stay on top of the condition, symptoms, and monitor treatment.
It seems like you are working on a solution with your doctor and have tried several options already.

If you are unable to nurse, there are other options besides commercial formula such as donor milk from another mother, or making your own formula.

Whatever you decide to do, you are doing the best for you and your baby, and have done an amazing job!

Jul 12, 2014
by: Anonymous

Another thing you may possibly do is hand express. I have similar issues and when I hand express, I don't have the same sensation as when I pump or attempt to breast feed. Good luck!

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