If you are experiencing flat nipples due to breast engorgement or swelling (which is “…common for nursing moms in the early days,” according to Lansinoh), you might be interested in a new product called Latch Assist™.
“The Latch Assist™ is a simple tool to help your nipples temporarily stand out so that it is easier for your baby to establish a good latch, the first step to a successful breastfeeding relationship.”
I didn’t personally experience flat nipples so I can’t speak about this product from experience, but it looks like a great solution to a common problem.
The Latch Assist™ is available at Target, Babies R Us, and Walmart and retails for $9.99.
Although I didn’t experience flat nipples, I did experience cracked and bleeding nipples (ouch!). I remember dreading every feeding, holding my breath and clenching the chair to stop from screaming, tears running down my face. But then – in a matter of weeks – it was all a distant memory. And breastfeeding was -wonder of wonders – peaceful, relaxing, beautiful, and…easy. I tell you that only to give you hope if you’re going through “rough waters” and breastfeeding isn’t quite what you expected. It DOES get better – not only better, it gets wonderful. Hang in there. See a lactation consultant if you need to. I promise there’s sunshine around the bend.
What was nursing like for you in the early days?
WIN IT! One winner will receive a Lansinoh Latch Assist™. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post prior to Friday, May 9 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). The winner will be announced and contacted on Saturday, May 10. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winner is #7 Stacey Moore. Congratulations!