Flat or Inverted Nipples
One in ten women suffers from one or two flat or inverted nipples. If your nipples normally come out when you are feeling cold or if they respond to the pinch test, you shouldn't have a problem breastfeeding.
Pinch the area around your nipple between your finger and thumb - if the nipple comes out you should be fine - provided your baby is positioned correctly at the breast, his suckling action should pull the nipple out.
Breast engorgement normally occurs around the second to fifth day after birth when breasts produce large amounts of mature milk to replace colostrum. Your breasts will feel heavy, firm, and tender. As your baby feeds, and your milk supply gets in sync with your baby's needs, your breasts will feel more comfortable. But if your baby doesn't remove enough milk from your breasts, your breasts may feel hard, painful, and hot. The best way to resolve engorgement is to keep feeding. Breastfeed every two to three hours; if you miss a feeding, pump your breast. Avoid giving your baby formula for the first three to four weeks. Do not give your baby water unless your doctor advises you to. The swelling from engorgement can be helped by applying the Natural Touch IceGel pad.
Embarrassing leakage between feeds can be overcome by using Disposable Breast Pads which are highly absorbent and discreet.
Disposable pads are made of soft cotton with a leakproof plastic backing and super absorbent polymer, the same as what diapers are made from, which draws the moisture away from your breasts and stops leakage and staining. Remember to change pads frequently to avoid getting sore nipples.
Sore or cracked nipples
If your baby is correctly positioned at the breast from the beginning, hopefully you will not get sore or cracked nipples. Squeezing a drop or two of your milk onto your nipples at the end of the feed and spreading it around the areola can help. Make sure you keep your nipples dry and change breast pads frequently. Nipple shields are also a way of protecting the nipple but can sometimes be rejected because they are made out of silicone and dont have the same warmness of skin.