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Flat or Inverted Nipples

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The research is clear: your milk is the best milk for your baby, and it is the ideal food for your baby's first several months. Having flat or inverted nipples can cause some babies to have difficulty latching on to your nipple, thus causing challenges in breastfeeding.

The caring and supportive staff of Jefferson's Childbirth Program/Parent Education can help you find the best solution for you and your baby to make breastfeeding possible. One of our international board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) may recommend breast shells, which help to draw the nipple out, or using a breast pump just prior to breastfeeding, which may also help the nipple become more pronounced.

Questions About Breastfeeding?

Jefferson has a "Warm Line" for breastfeeding mothers to call day or night with questions about breastfeeding. Calls are returned within 24 hours. Please call 215-955-6665.