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By Jo-Anne Lawless, HCA, LC

Jo-Anne LawlessQ. I am at 35 weeks with my first baby, and I intend to breastfeed. But I am concerned . . . my nipples are not inverted, but they are flat. I have been told that the milk coming in and the baby's sucking may help correct this, or that I can try breast shells (although I suspect I may have waited a little late). I really, really want to succeed at this.

A. It is true that even inverted nipples are drawn out just by the act of nursing. You will be able to do this ~ you are determined! The use of breast shells will not hurt anything, and you still have five or more weeks to use them. If they don't seem to make a difference, don't worry at all. If you are familiar with the proper way to help a baby with her first feedings, she will very likely latch on well from the start.

Attending La Leche League meetings now will provide you with helpful information about getting started and being successful at nursing.

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