Niplette Advice Anyone?
by Michelle MOLESWORTH
I am currently trying for number two. I had very low milk supply with number one and supplemented with an SNS for three months before switching to bottle feeding. I feel like I was deprived a part of motherhood and have done lots of research in the hope that breastfeeding is more successful.
I specifically recall the day after I gave birth when I asked the nurse for help to attach my son. She saw my breast and was surprised my my lack of protruding nipple. She even asked if the nurses the day before were able to attach him. So I assume from this that most womens nipples protrude more than mine do. Mine extend about 5mm.
My nipples were in excruciating pain two days after birth when I breast fed. The hospitals solution was to switch my son to bottles on day 3 which I was devastated about.
I saw a lactation consultant on day 4 and it turned out I was attaching my son wrong so this could have been the reason for the pain. The pain was better after seeing the lactation consultant, but that could have been because my son wasn't sucking well after being given the bottle the day before by the hospital.
So perhaps my extra knowledge now about proper attachment will help for next time, but I think back to that nurses reaction at my small nipples and wonder if there is any harm in using the Niplette? I read lots of reviews about using it for inverted nipples, but what about for just small nipples.
Is it true that a more extruding nipple will make breastfeeding easier? I know, I know, relax, trust in nature... But after my first experience, I will be less stressed throughout the pregnancy while I wait to breast feed if I can get definite advice that my 5mm extruding nipples are just fine based on other womens experiences, or if anyone else has used the Niplette for small nipples and found it helped with breast feeding.