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June 6th, 2013, 11:17 AM
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Ugh, so my nipples are flatter than a board. My right nipple is actually a little bit inverted too, so Axel cannot latch without a nipple shield. I hate these things! They fill up with milk and when he breaks his latch to burp he almost always pulls or bats them off and milk goes everywhere. I put a.cloth under my boob but it somehow always drips down onto my clothes. I have these nipple rings that are supposed to draw my nipples out, but they fill up with milk too and then when I bend over milk pours out of the vents on them! I'm glad I have so much milk but the mess! And I really don't want to use the shields all the time because then what if I never get him latched to my actual nipple? Any nipple tips? I've also been pumping every day in the morning because I wake up and my breasts are so full and painful I need relief. I thought maybe that would help my nipples come out but they are still flat like salamis :-/ blah
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June 6th, 2013, 11:46 AM
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I have no advice but I sympathize, as I had the same problem with DD. Somehow I seem to be doing much better with Aidan, but I never really did get the hang of it before. I ended up only nursing until she was 10 weeks old. I hope someone can offer you some advice. Good luck mama

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June 6th, 2013, 12:27 PM
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Has your lc taught you different latches? Both my nipples are inverted and behave like flat nipples when full. For both of my kids I have had to do a cross hold and then make a u with my free hand under the breast and narrow the breast/areola. Then I place the baby tummy to tummy high up on my chest and a few inches just to the side of the breast. Wait for the mouth to open, latch begins with the bottom lip just under areola and then I bend the baby's head around the nipple kinda like a hinge, starting with the bottom lip. This maneuver pops the nipple out or makes it easier to suck out. It also forces the baby to take in a lot of breast tissue.

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June 6th, 2013, 12:30 PM
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Maybe try pumping more and see if more frequent pumping pulls them out more? Are you already using the highest setting on the pump when you do it? When I was EP on the highest setting on my freestyle, my nipples stuck out so far from all of the pulling that I had to have extra padding in bras so that they didn't show through, it made them protrude that much. That really is all the advice I have since I really didn't BF at all, just pumped.
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