I’ve seen thousands and thousands of nipples! Some nipples are long and the baby can attach easily and feed well. Some are not so big. Some are inverted with the pointy part of the nipple going back into the breast. To breastfeed successfully your nipple needs to go on the baby’s tongue, which stimulates the baby to suck and then swallow.
There is help available if you don’t have long nipples and can’t attach the baby to your breast. Nipple shields have been around for centuries. Many years ago women would put a device over their nipple if it was sore or wasn’t long enough.
Even just thirty-two years ago, nipple shields were made from thick rubber and their use was frowned upon. Now nipple shields are made from a fine plastic . Don’t feel guilty if you have to use a nipple shield as they keep the baby on the breast and keep you feeding.
They also help with sore and cracked nipples, flat nipples and nipple pain!
Some women have SO much milk the baby coughs and splutters at every feed. I find in the early days nipple shields help control the flow and make for easy breast feeding.
Believe me, they help and often the difference between breastfeeding and not breastfeeding. They also provide protection if you have sore cracked nipples. If you have a cracked or damaged nipple it is so important to put a nipple shield on. When you wear a shield, the breast milk pools around the nipple, and the crack is usually healed within 24 hours. The breast milk has healing powers.