There has been some confusion regarding the
use of products designed to help women breastfeed
with Inverted nipples. The following information
may help in deciding which product may suit
ones needs best...
Medela Nipple formers (above)
can be used by breastfeeding mum's safely
and without problem to help keep mildly inverted
nipples semi-erect ready for feeding. These
are worn inside the bra, carefully placed
over the nipple to create slight downward
pressure around the base of the nipple. The
mild force produced causes the nipple to protrude.
Wearing Medela Nipple Formers on a daily basis
prior to birth can help to correct mildly
Avent Niplette should be used
well before one intends to breastfeed. The
reason for this is that it uses suction
to gently pull the nipple out. During
the last couple of months of pregnancy
the nipples and breasts are developing
in readiness to produce milk. Using the Niplette
in the later stages of pregnancy is not advised
as the suction produced can cause some fluid
to enter the workings and cause it to fail
and constantly become detached. Even
in normal use a small amount of fluid can
be produced, if this enters the niplette it
can be cleaned through using the supplied
syringe in warm, slightly soapy water. If
this problem persists you may need to let
the nipples rest for a couple of weeks before
again resuming use.
is a longer term commitment and can take some
weeks of daily use to correct nipple inversion.
Results are very good with users reporting
that their nipples were no longer inverted
and that their nipples responded as nature
intended to cold and stimulation and were
not fully erect at rest. Some women have worried
that they would end up with nipples which
were permanently erect or far larger
than they would be comfortable with -
this is not the case.
of the above products are suitable for correcting
severe nipple inversion: If the nipples are
present only as deep holes or slits it may
be worth seeking professional advice.