I found hand expressing less painful than using a pump. With manual expression, I can find lumps or clots in the breasts and gently massage over these spots to drain them.
I know how much you want to give your breasts a break but continuing to breastfeed is the best for yourself and your baby.
I suggest applying a hot compress and hand expressing just before you plan to feed. This will relieve some of the stiffness from the breasts and makes it easier for your baby to latch.
Using cold compress between feeding can help mitigate pain. Many women swear by the power of cabbage leaves.
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