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Hi you guys,<br><br>
Well if you ever read my posts you know I had huge bf problems with my son. It's a long story I don't want to get into, but one part of the problem was that I had flat nipples. I had NO idea I had them. I was told by a midwife during a prenatal exam that I had "great breasts for breastfeeding," and stayed two days at the hospital where neither any of the nurses or the lactation consultant said anything even after watching me struggle.<br><br>
You can check your nipples now and if you do have them, there are products you can get now like the Avent Nipplette that will help to bring them out. If you know you have them now you can be proactive.<br><br>
I hope I'm not lecturing or acting patronizing. I just wish I knew before I gave birth so I am putting it out there so some other woman doesn't have to go through what I went through.<br><br>
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Not a first time mom, but thats awesome PSA!! Im sorry you had to struggle! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
ETA: your kitties are adorable!
 

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How do you know if you have flat nipples? I don't think it's an issue for my wife, but just want to make sure. Thanks for the heads up! We just talked about breastfeeding last night and how we really really hope we can make it work.
 

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I googled "flat nipples" on the images search option and this is the best I got, which really isn't that good at all: <a href="http://www.babycenter.com/general/8789.html" target="_blank">http://www.babycenter.com/general/8789.html</a><br><br>
The best way I can explain it is that the areola and nipple just kind of seem to be one with hardly any rising of the actual nipple part.<br><br><br>
ETA: Thanks I looooove my kitties. They sure have to put up with a lot of baby grabbing lately but they're such good sports.
 

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It so funny that you posted that. I had major issues bf with ds and my midwife was just talking about those-although she couldn't remember the name. Thanks for posting-hoping to avoid the 2 months of nipple shields this time around!
 

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So I think I have flat nipples. They get perky though.... LOL With some work. Should I be worried?
 

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Hi Kontessa, can you see a lactation consultant? I think it all depends on how flat, you know? There are degrees...
 

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Great PSA!! I know some girls even have inverted ones which is tough but surmountable too.. I have the opposite "problem" like a padded bra does not even disguise them (even if they aren't "happy" ) the biggest prob I had nursing was that my 2nd was sucha gagger that they actually gagged him and he would throw up ALL the time BC they went so far back they caught his gag reflex... sigh... but we made it work for 2 yrs.. hope everyone's nipples perk up!
 

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