Melanie Kissell

Lactation Preparation

In Breastfeeding, Flat nipples, Inverted nipples, Lanolin Cream, Nipple shells, Nipple shield, OB/GYN on March 22, 2009 at 8:38 pm


How can I prevent problems with my breasts before my baby is born?

* Be sure to make your OB/GYN or other caregiver aware of any breast biopsies, breast enhancement, breast reduction, or other breast procedures/surgeries you’ve undergone.

* For flat nipples – have a nipple “shield” on hand.
It’s soft and pliable, fits right over your nipple and areola, and will help your baby to latch on better – especially during those first couple of days of jumpstarting lactation.  You may only need to use the shield for a brief of period of time.  Once your milk comes in, an increase in oxytocin and prolactin (hormones) in your body will cause the nipple to protrude out (evert) more.

* Prenatal nipple conditioning: This uses exercises to help decrease nipple discomfort when you start to breastfeed your baby.  These exercises may also cause your uterus to have contractions.  This can cause your baby to be born too early.  Ask your caregiver first before you try any nipple conditioning exercise.

o Massage your breasts gently.

o Roll your nipples between your fingers for 1 to 2 minutes. You can also use a special lanolin cream while rolling your nipples.

o Rub your nipples gently with a soft towel for 15 seconds.

* For inverted nipples – have a pair of nipple “shells” on hand (just in case). They are small plastic cups with a hole in the center which are pressed against the breast, leaving the nipple exposed.  Moms oftentimes find it beneficial to wear the shells inside their bra in between feedings.

Breastfeeding is the best “gift” a mother can give her baby.  It’s a gift that lasts a lifetime!



  1. Hi, nice post. I have been wondering about this issue,so thanks for sharing. I’ll certainly be coming back to your blog.

  2. Hey, cool tips. I’ll buy a bottle of beer to that person from that forum who told me to visit your blog 🙂

    • Drinking a glass of beer is a simple fix for a diminished milk supply. And it can be “non-alcoholic” beer! It’s the “yeast” in beer that does the trick. Some breastfeeding moms opt to take yeast tablets during lactation to insure an amply supply.

      Thanks for posting your comment.

  3. When should pregnant moms begin nipple conditioning? Does it really make a huge difference?

    • Krystal, as was mentioned above, be sure to check with your OB first before attempting to “prepare” your nipples for breastfeeding. Moms-to-be can run the risk of going into premature labor during nipple stimulation. Proceed with caution.

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