One of my nips is weird. It's not inverted, I can't really explain it.
Should I get nipple shields before I have this kid, or wait until I'm sure I need one?
I think I'll get some, and return them later if I don't need them. I don't want the stress of needing them and since we're at home (my MW won't provide one if needed) I just want to be super prepared.
Under what circumstances do you use them? Poor latch and inverted nips?
Meet with an LC before you use it. Make sure you have ruled out everything. A good LC can help so much, and can advise you on when and how often use it if needed.
My LC gave me one, it was a Medela, but not the non contact one (you will see if you look on the Medela site). She stated the contact ones were actually harder to get good latch on. The LC will also show you how to use it. It seems easy, but I was actually trying to use it wrong.
Aren't nipple shells supposed to help with nipple issues as well? Something about drawing the nipple out? I've got a weird one too and I seem to remember thinking I should look into them as I get closer.
Our problem was she wouldnt suck at all but then all the amniotic fluid came out and she started sucking but i needed help pulling out my nipple also. and honestly they have just in the last couple of weeks started poking out on their own.. but she wants nothing to do with them.
i also had a very sh1tty nurse who was supposed to be an lc the day after i had her.. i wish i would have had a better one or knew to ask for different help.
I'd buy them just in case. I had to use one and hated it, but I would never hate on them like everyone in this thread is doing. It helped my son eat, I would imagine I would have had a much harder time nursing if I couldn't get him to latch. I was able to stop using it at ~10 days old.
Hopefully you won't have to use them, but there is a good chance you may. Just know that if you do, it is SO common. I felt like I was a BFing failure because I couldn't get my him to latch on his own. I wish someone had told me ahead of time how common it is, it would have helped me a lot.
Oh and the reason I needed them was because I was super puffy from delivery, and then once that went down my milk came in and I had a crazy oversupply, so he had a really hard time latching on his own.