Does nipple size matter?

Jennifer - posted on 01/10/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I started out trying to breastfeed my son but ended up having to stop for various reasons and lack of support at the time (long story short.)

I'm now 21 weeks pregnant with our second child, a girl, and doing a TON of research this time because I REALLY want to breastfeed her. I want to be prepared for whatever comes my way and be at peace with whatever the outcome is this time. I have my heart set on doing it for at least the first year, hopefully longer. One thing on my mind lately...When I went for one of my first prenatal appointments, one of the midwives made the comment "You have small nipples but hopefully that won't be a problem.." Well they've gotten bigger since then, but they're still small compared to some BFing mama's that I've seen. I plan on inquiring more at my appointment this month too, but I was just wondering in all your all's experiences, does nipple size matter??

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Minnie - posted on 01/10/2011

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Only on occasion does it. And in those instances it is because the baby's mouth is too small for a mother's large nipples - and that usually involves simply waiting a couple of weeks for the baby's mouth to get bigger.

Remember- babies breastfeed, not nipple feed. Your baby should open her mouth wide and latch as far onto your aereola as possible- chin first, with your nipple pointing to the roof of her mouth. Squashing your breast like a sandwich can help her achieve a deep latch.

Congratulations on your new baby!

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Danielle - posted on 01/10/2011

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I have small nipples, lol. I EBF twins. It can be done. You sound like you really want to and I believe you can and will! Just remember the more you know the better! I took a breastfeeding class while i was pregnant. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 01/10/2011

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Thanks ladies! That really helped! I just want to be prepared this time. That video is great, thanks!

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I wouldn't think it would be too much of an issue. When baby is latched on properly she should have your entire nipple and all or most of your areola in her mouth. She shouldn't be latched on to just your nipple. I would seek out an lactation consultant to help you with your latch when she arrives. Here's a great video that illustrates how to latch:

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