Question About Breast Shields Please Help

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HannahBaby - April 11

Hi there. I tried to br___tfeed my daughter when she was born, but was told it was close to impossible because of flat nipples. No one wanted to help me or suggest anything and I was heartbroken for a while. I would go in my room and cry when my daughter finished her bottle....i felt like such a failure. I stumbled across br___t shields on line and they seem like they could really help me with this baby (i am 13 weeks pregnant.) I felt my eyes light up when i saw this product!! i already ordered them but would like some imput and would like some advice...and please all your pro br___t feeders dont attack me because this is really a sensat_tive subject for me. THANKS!!


C - April 11

I too had flat nipples and the b___st shield helped my sitution. Without them I could not get him to latch. There is a risk that your milk will not come in sufficiently but I did not find that to be the case for me. After about 3 months I phased out the shield all together. I just kept trying and trying to do it without and all of a sudden we got it. I don't recommend the shield for everyone but for someone in your situation I think they'll help. You should always try to get the baby to latch on without the shield first and maybe you won't need it after all. You can also buy these at Target and Babies R Us if you don't want to pay for shipping charges.


dwc - April 11

Also, I have heard pumping will help with flat nipples to bring the out... Just a suggestion.


HannahBaby - April 11

The only pump that worked was hospital grade and i cant afford one that expensive. Thank you C, i tried for 2 hours with my daughter and just couldent do it and like i said no one recommended anything. Thanks for your advise....Anyone else??


HannahBaby - April 12

anyone else please??


Susan W - April 12

My left nipple was actually inverted prior to pregnancy and all throughout my pregnancy. My midwife said it could cause a problem for nursing but that it could be overcome and told me some things I could try to make the nipple more everted. She was right. I'm so sorry you were given such bad advice with baby #1. But I'm glad you are thinking about nursing baby #2 :) After having my baby naturally at the birth center, I nearly died and had to be transferred to the hospital, where one of the nurses there gave me a nipple shield (which is NOT the same thing as a b___st shield) because she disagreed with the midwife and thought I would never be able to nurse without it (she was wrong). After some really bad advice and various problems, I found using it was the only way my baby would latch to that inverted side as a newborn. So I went with it, and I started taking it off halfway through feedings and then around 3 months stopped using it entirely. If it helps you nurse and you are unsuccessful without, then use it and don't feel bad about using it. But if you are really considering b___stfeeding this time around, please check out La Leche League, either at a meeting on online, and see if they have any other information on flat nipples. I know they've discussed the issue at several local meetings, and I'm sure I've seen articles online. I did pick up another nipple shield at Target, and I've seen them other places. The first one I had came from the hospital, so you can ask them too if you have your next baby there. And my nipple is totally normal now. Good luck. You can do this if you want to. Half the battle is determination.


HannahBaby - April 12

thanks susan!! anyone else??


C - April 13

Oh and the nipple shells are a life saver too. I used those to pull out my nipples and also to help air them out (you wear them in your bra). Sometimes I'd forget I was wearing them and I'd catch a glimps of myself in the mirror. I'm sure people thought I was nuts. Oh well!


HannahBaby - April 13

thanks!! im not getting too much advice here but every little bit helps!! thanks!!


Susan W - April 14

You might not be getting a lot of advice because not a lot of moms need these. I don't know a single other person locally who used one. But try your local La Leche League. I wish I had gone to a few meetings before I gave birth; maybe that would have made nursing a little easier. I know they have information on nursing with flat nipples. Google it. Good luck!


Jamie - April 15

I used a nipple shield for 2 months. I had large, flat, slightly inverted nipples, and my daughter simply couldn't latch. I was also given the bad advice that her mouth should cover the entire areola - that's b.s., btw - as long as the lips are ON the areola, and not on the berry part of the nipple, you're good to go. If you have ginormous pancake size areolas like me, the baby's never gonna be able to get the whole thing in it's mouth! Anyway - I was given 2 different kinds of shields. One looked like a little hat, and the other was similar, with a cut out for the baby's nose. I preferred the one without the cutout cause it was difficult for me to align the cutout just right with a squirmy baby. They say to remove the shield in the middle of nursing but I never could figure out how to do that. I stopped using it after 2 months cause DH lost it and I had no choice - I had to get her latched on the natural nippple cause I had no pumped milk, no formula, and the stores were all closed. When you're in that kind of situation, you do what you have to do; I'm still nursing without the shield and my DD is 8 months old.


tamara - April 15

I recently tried to use the nipple sheild as I too have flat nipples, unfortunately my daughter will have nothing to do with them??? I was at the breat feeding clinic yesterday and they sugested a b___st pump for long term use for me. The only thing that sucks about this is on top of feeding her I have to pump 8 times a day. But in the end it is so worth it I would rather her have b___st milk by pump instead of formula. I would suggest going to the brast feeding clinic and see what they say, they are very supportive and will try and help you as much as they can. Good luck to you and your little one to be.


Susan W - April 15

And nursing does become easier once their mouths get a little bigger and stronger, and I think that helps us moms with inverted or flat nipples, which is why many of us can stop using a nipple shield at 2-3 months. Not all babies will use one, and in fact, mine won't have anything to do with it now (a bummer when my nipples are super-sore for whatever reason), but if it helps you nurse, then by all means, use one. It's worth a try, and they aren't terribly expensive. TAMARA, keep thinking too of the money you will save on formula. I honestly don't know how people can afford that stuff. I babysit a 7 month old, and he eats like 32 oz a day, and his mom buys a can every few days. At $20 a can, that sure adds up. The pumping is worth it, and you may find that as DD grows, you can b___stfeed. Good luck!


C - April 15

I often wonder if I will need the shield when I get pregnant again. My nipples are no longer flat so I hope they stay that way. I agree that formula is very expensive. That's the main reason I stuck with b___stfeeding. The amount of formula I have purchased has added up enough.


Jamie - April 16

A few things I was told to try, in addition to the shield, was 1) rub an ice cube on my nipples to draw them out; 2) Pump for a minute or two before nursing, to draw them out; 3) have DH stimulate them before if the nipple shield isn't working, maybe try one of those options.


HannahBaby - April 16

Thank you all so much!!


Heather F - April 17

I have been useing nipple sheilds since I brought my baby home in late March, she is 3 weeks now and we are loving them. I have flat inverted nipples and she was a premie, b___st feeding would have never worked without them. I found mine at babies r us.....good luck!



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