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Can I breastfeed if I have inverted nipples?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes

Breastfeeding with inverted nipples is harder to do than with regular nipples.
One can try to turn inverted nipples into regular nipples (unless one is having premature uterine contractions), such as by pushing on the areolas around the nipples, and gently tugging on the nipples to pull them outwards, making them longer. Lactation consultants, nipple shields, and/or breast pumping may be helpful.

In brief: Yes

Breastfeeding with inverted nipples is harder to do than with regular nipples.
One can try to turn inverted nipples into regular nipples (unless one is having premature uterine contractions), such as by pushing on the areolas around the nipples, and gently tugging on the nipples to pull them outwards, making them longer. Lactation consultants, nipple shields, and/or breast pumping may be helpful.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: Yes

Prior to your baby being born start wearing breast shells a few hours a day.
You can also "pinch' gently around your areola to express the nipple or use a breast pump to break any adhesions that may be keeping the nipple inverted. When breastfeeding nipple shields can help the process in keeping your nipple available for your baby to feed.

In brief: Yes

Prior to your baby being born start wearing breast shells a few hours a day.
You can also "pinch' gently around your areola to express the nipple or use a breast pump to break any adhesions that may be keeping the nipple inverted. When breastfeeding nipple shields can help the process in keeping your nipple available for your baby to feed.
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Trying to breastfeed with inverted nipples is a bit harder than with regular non-inverted ones.
First, try to turn inverted nipples into regular nipples (unless one is having premature uterine contractions), such as by pressing on the areolas surrounding the nipples, and gently tugging on the nipples to pull them outwards. Nipple shields, breast pumping, and/or lactation consultants may also help.

In brief: Yes

Trying to breastfeed with inverted nipples is a bit harder than with regular non-inverted ones.
First, try to turn inverted nipples into regular nipples (unless one is having premature uterine contractions), such as by pressing on the areolas surrounding the nipples, and gently tugging on the nipples to pull them outwards. Nipple shields, breast pumping, and/or lactation consultants may also help.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Yes, with a little extra help, you should be able to breastfeed successfully.
There are special nipple shields which can be worn when nursing to help your baby latch on. Lactation consultants may have other suggestions as well. Ask for help- it's well worth it for both you and baby~.

In brief: Yes

Yes, with a little extra help, you should be able to breastfeed successfully.
There are special nipple shields which can be worn when nursing to help your baby latch on. Lactation consultants may have other suggestions as well. Ask for help- it's well worth it for both you and baby~.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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