Hello, again! Today is my first "real" post in the 31 Days of Breastfeeding series. I hope y'all are as excited about this as I am! =)
Of course, I immediately responded with "yes!" My first suggestion is to purchase a nipple shield. I personally used this one and can vouch for it.
Unlike Angi, though, I don't have flat or inverted nipples. I used it mainly to help with the pain of the cracking I had during the first few weeks of breastfeeding. Truthfully, I didn't want to use it but one of my nipples was so badly cracked that I needed something to help with the pain. This worked wonders for me! Charlotte didn't like it much, but it helped and I only did it a couple times a day for about a week or so.
You can read in any breastfeeding related book that nipple shields are suggested to women with flat/inverted nipples. When you use the shield, you sort of flip it inside out. Then you place it on your nipple still inside out. Once it's on, you sort flip the sides back toward your breast. The suction that it creates causes your nipple to pop out. Seriously. I am not even kidding! Like I said, I don't have flat/inverted nipples and when I used it, it really made them pop out. Haha! If you're using the shield right, this should do the trick.
Also, I would highly suggest seeing a Lactation Consultant (LC). They can help you with the shield (fitting and use) and give you more tips to help with latching. Most importantly, have one come visit you in the hospital. It's important to get a good latch (and feeding) in those first few days. And my personal tip would be to write down anything they say to you in the hospital. I only vaguely remember anything my LC said to me in the hospital because I was so exhausted.
I hope this helps you, Angi - and anyone else with this problem!
If you have a question about anything related to breastfeeding please comment here or send me an email! I will try my best to answer any question I'm asked.
Happy Breastfeeding! ;-)