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February 7th, 2013, 05:23 PM
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Ok... I am a member of April DDC and I have a question about breastfeeding that I need help/encouragement with. Here's my background....My nipples look normal, they get erect when cold, however I've been reading a book and it says when you compress your areola, your nipple should protrude? Ok...mine then goes inward, but not flat. I am a small person with larger breasts. I have 3 sons and have tried nursing the past two times. Both times, I had extremely difficult times for separate but maybe related reasons. First time, I just couldn't get past the awful pain and sore nipples, clearly a latching issue. Second, I had a preemie and they needed to get him gaining, so he got formula and breast milk... He then refused to latch no matter how hard I tried, so I pumped exclusively for 4 months, but I know that I could never ever go through that difficulty of pumping then feeding with 3 small children.

My dilemma is that I really want to nurse, but I need to know if there are people who have had success with nursing with flat or inverted nipples. I am guessing that is my biggest problem. (I believe I am checking correctly.)

I am very discouraged right now, because I can't try the breast shells at this time, because nipple stimulation can be correlated with contractions...premature labor. Part of me just wants to give up and just formula feed. It is very frustrating that something so natural does not come so naturally for me.

Please help me!
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February 7th, 2013, 07:05 PM
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I posted on your post over in the April DDC, but I think the nipple shields may be helpful. And hopefully someone here has some personal experience and can give you some good advice!

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February 8th, 2013, 03:47 AM
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I usually don't post here but saw the topic of your post in passing; I am in october 2012 playgroup. I had two inverted nipples before being pregnant with dd1 and both came out somewhat after delivery but I still found it helpful to use nipple shield to help her latch well. I breastfed for 4 months and my dd self weaned at 4 months but I pumped after that such that she had 13 months of breastmilk. Never needed formula apart from the first day or two before my milk came in. I am my 2nd DD right now, one nipple stayed out after dd1's birth, the other comes out and goes in at leisure Still successfully breastfeeding DD2 most times with nipple shields, once in a while without the shield; she is 4 months now and I also pump (I am actually pumping as I write). I know she'll have just breastmilk (no formula) until age 1. So, if I can do it starting out with 2 inverted nipples then you can. If you set your heart to it, it can be done. Best of luck.
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February 8th, 2013, 05:10 AM
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i would try not to worry, get to some breast feeding support groups, like La Leche, and most likely it won't be an issue when the baby comes. but if it is, you will have that support system set up from going to meetings, etc.

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February 8th, 2013, 07:20 AM
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I have one flat and one inverted nipple and couldn't nurse #1 because of those issues but successfully nursed my 3 boys after that. I never used shells or anything, just kind of used a trick the LC showed me in the hospital. It has corrected itself since nursing.
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