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September 20th, 2008, 04:18 PM
Super Mommy
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Hi All! I am a newbie here on the breastfeeding board. I am not due until Feb but I am trying to prepare myself for breastfeeding. With my son, who is now 3, I had a hard time with him latching on properly. I did see a lactation consultant but we ended up switching to the bottle after a week or so. She told me that I had flat nipples and this was part of the problem.

Anyway, I am trying to prepare myself better this time as I really, really want to breastfeed this baby exclusively for at least 6 months. I was doing some research on internet about flat nipples and found something called a Latch Assist by Lansinoh. It is pretty much like a suction cup that pulls nipple out. I purchased one today at Babies-R-Us and tried it out. It does seem to pull the nipple out some but I wanted to see if any of you ladies had ever used one and if so, did it work when it came time to breastfeed your baby?

Also, anyone had problems with flat/inverted nipples? What was your solution? Thanks so much!

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September 20th, 2008, 05:09 PM
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I never used that, I did have one by ameda, but it really didn't work for me. My best recommendation would be use a nipple shield. I had one that was made by medela and I used that for the first month until she was old enough to draw it out herself. Good luck and don't give up. You can always PM me if you need advice.

Mama to Isabelle (7), Abigail (4), 10/27/14 MMC.

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September 20th, 2008, 05:49 PM
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Thanks so much! I may take you up on the PM. It is really easy to get overwelmed and just switch to bottle for me and I don't want to do that!

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