There was an error. And 24 Other Nipple Facts. Using a nipple shield to help baby latch on If none of the above work and your baby is still struggling to maintain her latch, your lactation consultant or breastfeeding specialist may advise you to feed your baby through a nipple shield. A nipple shield may help perfect nipples for long feedings baby latch on.
If you want to increase your odds of success, you can do some nipple stretching exercises called Hoffman exercises: I ended up exclusively pumping for 8 weeks before I gave in and started tubule formula. If it's just too hard and overwhelming to continue to try to breastfeed, and your baby is not getting enough breast milk, it's OK to stop.
Before first use, always wash new bottles or nipples in hot, soapy water or in the dishwasher. Sometimes inverted nipples retract back so they are level with the areola, or they may even sink down into the breast tissue. If your nipple is truly flat or inverted, it will flatten or retract into your breast instead of pushing out.
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