Breastfeeding is absolutely not as easy as it may look or seem- it can be just as difficult as it is rewarding. Whether you are facing sore or cracked nipples, exhaustion, problems latching, etc., the obstacles can be endless but yet, we still make the decision to breastfeed or pump and provide the best possible nutrition to baby. With common issues aside, sometimes we face even more difficult issues; breastfeeding with flat or inverted nipples is a common issue, but does not have to be a barrier to the breast for baby.
Flat nipples do not stand out much from the areola, even when stimulated. Inverted nipples retract, or even can pull inward when stimulated- they may look flat, or slightly/clearly dimpled or indented from the center. Flat nipples commonly cause issues for baby to latch, and inverted nipples even more so. You can check your own nipples if you’re uncertain by gently squeezing the areola (the colored tissue surrounding the nipple) between your thumb and index finger; if the nipple becomes dimpled or clearly indents, it is inverted.
While you can absolutely breastfeeding with flat or inverted nipples, the stress of doing so may increase the occurrence of cracked or painful nipples. The stress is due to vigorous nursing, caused by your child’s inability or difficulty latching. It is a common observation that one breast may be different than the other- whether larger, a little differently shaped, etc. Breasts function independently of one another, and so it is normal for one breast to produce more milk than the other, or for one nipple to be inverted or flat, and the other not.
Breastfeeding may be difficult with flat, dimpled or inverted nipples; do not let this prevent you from providing natures best to you child. If you are considering breast pumping and bottle feeding, Aeroflow Breastpumps may be a great resource for you.
Aeroflow Breastpumps strives to provide the best at the lowest possible cost for our patients. Breast pumps can be very costly, but per the Affordable Care Act, many health insurance companies have started to cover them at little to no cost to the patient. You can find out if your policy complies by completing our simple, three-step Qualify Through Insurance form. Your dedicated Breastpump Specialist will contact your insurance company, and within 3-5 business days, be in touch with you to discuss your coverage, pump options, and shipment date.
If you are in need of care for cracked or dry nipples due to breastfeeding, we also offer care solutions for purchase through our online store, Aeroflow Mom & Baby.
Don’t let these issues inhibit your breastfeeding journey. Contact Aeroflow Breastpumps today and let us help!