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Agh my nipples are practically non existent

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iamsuchatit · 18/03/2019 17:38

I don’t know what to do Sad I’m
Already using nipple shields and struggle to get DD to latch.

I know people with inverted nipples manage to breastfeed so I don’t know where I’m going wrong Sad

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zsazsajuju · 18/03/2019 17:40

I found it really hard and didn’t manage. I don’t mean to be negative but lots of people with inverted nipples don’t manage too so don’t beat yourself up about it. Formula is just as good.

Thesuzle · 18/03/2019 17:40

I was the same OP, and didn’t persist in breast feeding which I massivly regret.
Get on to your health visitor asap, it is very hard work but the best thing to do
Good luck

lboogy · 18/03/2019 17:43

I barely had sticky out nipples and I breastfeed. Your nipples are perfectly designed for your baby. Speak to your health visitor who will help you with latching
Good luck xx

PeachPotato · 18/03/2019 17:46

Quickly as I’m in a hurry - order a lansinoh latch assist NOW! Or they sell them in some boots. Will draw the nipple out ready to feed. A breast pump does the same thing if you have one of those but the latch assist goes in your bag easily.

A baby with a good latch will draw the nipple out. So anything you can do to improve baby’s latch will help - so look up the flipple technique, get baby checked for tongue tie, consider biological nurturing (laid back) breastfeeding, maybe cranial osteopathy. Ask for help from midwives and health visitors, any you come into contact with.

My nipples are flat and I fed my dd for two years.

iamsuchatit · 18/03/2019 18:34

Thanks all.

I try using the breast pump to draw them out first but DD is 18 days old now. I’m running out of time and feel like we are never going to get it :(

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Gastonimo · 18/03/2019 20:28

My nipples are flat and I couldn't get DS to latch. We stayed in hospital extra days trying to establish feeding and after 5 days someone suggested nipple shields.
I ended up using medela shields for months. I tried different sizes but found large to be best. After about 6 months when DS got bigger he just got the hang of it without them.
Don't put too much pressure on yourself though. You're baby won't know any different if you don't continue breastfeeding. You're doing amazing persevering for this long.

Imicola · 19/03/2019 07:49

I have 1 flat and 1 inverted. We tried for 6 weeks and it was hell. She could latch to a nipple shield but not manage to get any milk through. Best piece of advice I got was there is still hope while baby still seems interested, so i stopped trying when I thought she was stopping trying. Heartbreaking, so much guilt and pain. She's 5 months now and I'm glad i tried but ultimately not everyone/every baby can breastfeed and don't feel guilty if you make the decision that it isn't going to work for you.

Imicola · 19/03/2019 07:50

I should add, she was early and small which likely also played a part.

iamsuchatit · 19/03/2019 08:47

Thanks all.

Yeah I’m feeling really upset about the whole thing. I really wanted to give her this Sad. Also don’t want to spend anymore money on it.

We are going to go to a breastfeeding support group today but we went last week so I’m not sure how else they can help Sad also got the health visitor coming again tomorrow to help.

I can’t see her getting off formula completely but to be able to mix feed would be amazing.

I was going to give it 6 weeks. I’ve also got 36H breasts which doesn’t help...

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Gastonimo · 25/03/2019 19:56

How are you getting on OP?

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