The top 5 pitfalls of breastfeeding and how to avoid them
Pitfall 3: Assuming You Can't Do It
Maybe you're convinced that your barely A cups couldn't produce enough milk to feed a newborn mouse. Or you're afraid that your baby will never be able to latch onto your pancake-flat or inverted nipples.
Although a tiny percentage of breastfeeding mothers may have milk-production issues, and especially in the early days, nearly all women are able to nurse their babies at least some of the time. "Smaller breasts can make the same amount of milk as larger ones, although the capacity to store large amounts of milk may not be as great," Huml explains. That means if you're tiny up top you may need to feed more often, but rest assured that your baby will get all the milk she needs.
If you're the owner of flat or inverted nipples, be aware that they can make it difficult for your baby to latch on properly to the breast. Keep in mind, though, that your nipples may extend naturally as you reach the end of your pregnancy; if they don't, pumping immediately after giving birth often helps draw them out.
If that still doesn't work, don't despair: Using nipple shields almost always solves the problem. These clear, pliable plastic devices feature holes in the tip and are worn over your own nipples--they stick on with a little water, like a suction cup--giving the baby something substantial to latch onto. If you're a candidate for nipple shields, Harvey says that it's essential to seek the assistance of a certified lactation consultant.