anyone have any difficulties breastfeeding with flat/inverted nipples? Does anyone know of any online video demos that I can watch?

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Danyal 'Dani' - posted on 05/11/2011

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I've had to use a nipple shield with my son. http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp... I am glad they had something that works for us. He would latch on but not correctly no matter what I did. They ended up giving me a shield in the hospital and I have bought a few spares. They told me to only use them for a month but my son wont latch on without the shield now. He is gaining weight and thriving so nothing to worry about. Sometimes milk production is affected but not for me. I offer my nipple to him ofter but he gets frustrated and wants the shield. So I don't push it. Figure he is eating and growing so if a piece of plastic is needed so be it. Good luck!

Tania - posted on 05/09/2011

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I also have inverted nipples.

I just had my daugter a month ago and it was not pleasant at the hospital... i had read the la leache leages book "the womanly art of breastfeeding" and was determinded to breastfeed. i have doubble d breasts so that couppled with no nipples made latching very difficult right from the beggining.

I used the breast sheilds as well and would keep trying to get my daugher to latch after my nipple got pulled out from the sucking.. she didn't do it until one day i tryed when she was sleep feeding...

it also helped to hold my nipple out into her mouth and pull her head onto it. i kept trying and trying and after she was two weeks she was feeding directly from my nipple.

Breastfeeding hurts. but it's worth it. i know that my daughter will have many benifits because of my dedication. don't worry it gets easier, and eventually you will be able to get your nipples to stick out by manually stimulating them before feedings.. they may even stay stuck out after some months of breastfeeding,

:)

Sandeep - posted on 05/09/2011

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I hv a 14 month old daughter who's completely on breastfeed. Initially my nipples were flat however my lactation consultant advice on 2 feeding positions- football hold or the modified craddle. You can check these positions online. I found the modified cradle better in which the baby is help in slight inclined way and their body turned towards u. Hold ur nipple between ur forefinger n second finger (in the form of a scissor). With time and my daughter's consistent efforts the nipple came out. U can also try pumping a lil everyday as it helps in bringing the nipples out. Hope this helps

Marie - posted on 05/07/2011

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Louise - I have found the same. My midwife never addressed breastfeeding issues right up until DS was trying to latch and sleeping for extended stretches, THEN she checked me.

Louise - posted on 05/07/2011

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I have tried the nipple shields and I had no success, also the latch assist but neither effectively drawn out nipple enough for baby. I did not have this problem on my last child. I had the normal feeding/latch problems at the beginning but they went after a few weeks. But this time I have sought the help of a midwife/lactation consultant, she basically has told me to express if baby wont feed from that side and if baby latches consider it a bonus! I have continued to try and have success every now and then. I just wish that when it comes to the breastfeeding tutorials that they would actively address this issue and not by simply by writing about it!!

Alina - posted on 05/07/2011

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I had inverted nipples with all of my three children and silicone nipples saved me. After some time my nipples "came out" and I had no trouble breastfeeding (three children - almost 4 years of breastfeeding in all). I also used them when I had very sensitive nipples, it really helped me!

Marie - posted on 05/07/2011

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No videos that help. Products that may help, made by Medela are their nipple shields and nipple cups. This post shows a lot of helpful products: http://www.parenting.com/gallery/product...

I used a silicone nipple shield and nipple cups, as well as pumping to help reverse the inverted and flat nipples. My son is now 3, and has figured out how to get the nipple in his mouth. I used the cups for almost a year because they also protect sore nipples from rubbing by your bra. LOVED them. I got a set for a gf for her baby shower.

May you have many successes!

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