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Women with inverted nipples

Posted by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 10:06 PM
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My friend has slightly inverted nipples.
She normally pumps. Her daughter is refusing to latch.
She used a shield during her 6 week maternity leave.
Any advice?
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gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Oct. 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Breast shells. Wear whenever not nursing. Pump before attempting to latch.

Inverted nipples are rather common and not really a problem. Brush the nipple up and down baby's mouth saying open wide. When she does it, push the nipple in.

There's also a genius device called a latch assist which works like a pump to draw the nipple out. But above all... mom has to be really proactive with baby.

lundaylove
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 8:42 AM
This!

Quoting gdiamante:

Breast shells. Wear whenever not nursing. Pump before attempting to latch.

Inverted nipples are rather common and not really a problem. Brush the nipple up and down baby's mouth saying open wide. When she does it, push the nipple in.

There's also a genius device called a latch assist which works like a pump to draw the nipple out. But above all... mom has to be really proactive with baby.

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Gruntlings
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 10:39 AM

SHELLS for inverted nipples, not shields. Never shields unless all else has failed.

There's a "latch assist" device that is made by Lansinoh. I've seen it sold in Walgreens, and you can buy it online.

Her baby probably refuses to latch because of nipple confusion/preference.

My advice is for her to see an IBCLC. At this point she probably needs intense hands-on help from someone whose skillset exceeds that of most of us up here.

-Sarah
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Sarah is a mom to three and a moderator in the "Breastfeeding Moms" group. She runs Nurshable.com where she blogs about finding joy in gentle parenting.


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