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well hi ladies, im new to this side of the boards. im usually in the june ddc. i just had our first baby ( a girl) her name is abigail marie. i had her on june 8th 2010. anyways i tried bf with the help of the lactation consultant at the hospital abd abby latched on quick and well. but i didn't have my milk come in till she was 5 days old. well when we got home i tried again and my nipples went completly flat like a penny. i tried to raise them up by stimulating them but they are not rising enough for her to properly latch on. so we have been formula feeding but i do occasionally still try to bf her. i tried again a couple days ago just to see if she was still a boob baby and man she latched on quick with no doubt but got frustrated cause she couldn't get a proper latch. she got extremly frustrated. i still have some milk and she got some in her mouth.
my question is:
is there anything besides a hand pump to help my nipples rise more so that she can latch on better? will a nipple shield help any?
My nipples started out the same way. It was so frustrating. Kyleigh had a poor latch from the beginning, but after working for a few weeks, she finally latched. We nursed for 5 months, and then I began pumping for her only. She got too upset everytime, and refused to latch after that. I did try the nipple shield, but it did not work for me. I do know that it has worked for lots of women though, just not me. I would say that you should try this and my LC said that I should try pumping for a minute to bring my nipples out, and then try latching the baby on. But, with the baby crying and having to wait, this only made her more upset.
So, I would say try the nipple shield and see if that works!