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so embarrassed to ask this but....here goes

I figured you might be a good group to ask.

 I have severely inverted nipples...like so bad that numerous dr.'s, lactation consultants and even a breast specialist told me that I won't be able to ever breastfeed with my anatomy the way it is now...not even a breast shield will work.

Now in the hospital they told me that I could pump the entire time and I know many do that, but I just don't want to pump like that.

I was thinking of getting corrective surgery before I have my third so I can breastfeed...does anyone know Anything about this? whether it would work? anyone have this issue?  anything?  I have never talked about this with anyone besides doctors.

 

DD (8/12/09), DD (2/8/11)
BFP 12/16/14| EDD 8/19/15 |MMC 1/15/15 (9 weeks 1 day)

Re: so embarrassed to ask this but....here goes

  • I've not had this issue. I just wanted to say good luck!
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  • Has anyone suggested that you pump for a few minutes to bring out the inverted nipple then try to latch?  Just something to consider. (the pump will bring the nipple out!)

    Otherwise EP is not that bad and I think it's a lot easier than what many women face while trying to latch. 

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    Has anyone suggested that you pump for a few minutes to bring out the inverted nipple then try to latch?  Just something to consider. (the pump will bring the nipple out!)

    Otherwise EP is not that bad and I think it's a lot easier than what many women face while trying to latch. 

    This is my suggestion, pump a few minutes to bring the nipple out, then you should be able to get baby on. 

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  • I have inverted nipples too.  They were really bad to start and I have had to use a shield since day 1, but after 3 months of nursing and pumping they are almost normal, kinda sorta.  I still have to use a shield most of the time but I can get DD to latch now and then without it. 

    With your previous kids, did you try pumping for a while, like weeks/months to see if that would help change them?  My LC told me that eventually mine would turn out and I didn't believe her, but after 3 months it has pretty much happened.  They still aren't out like the average woman, but it's enough that DD can get a decent latch sometimes.  I haven't heard anything about surgery for the problem but it might be worth looking into if you really want to nurse.  Good luck with whatever happens!

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