Flat or inverted nipples
What are some methods for dealing with flat or inverted nipples?
- Patience: Many babies simply need time to get used to latching to flatter nipples.
- Breast shells: Although there’s no conclusive evidence of their effectiveness, some mothers find it helpful to wear hard, plastic breast shells under their bras between feedings. The shells exert a small amount of traction to help draw the nipple outward.
- Breast pumps: The same pump you may use to pump breast milk can also be used to draw the nipple out just before breastfeeding.
- Nipple eversion devices: These are handheld suction devices similar to breast pumps, but designed specifically for helping with inverted nipples. A certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) can supply more information.
- If one breast is unaffected, or less affected than the other, your baby can breastfeed on just one breast. Most women produce enough milk in one breast to sustain her baby.