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Ashley Georgakopoulos

Breastfeeding with Flat or Inverted Nipples

Nipples are designed to become erect through stimulation, be it a combination of prolactin / oxytocin hormonal response, nerve stimulation, such as when hot water from the shower hits the back where the nerves are located, or physical stimulation, such as a baby suckling or a breast pump suction.

Mother's nipples are unique, as they are accompanied by other connective tissues in the breast that signal both the production and the release of milk to breastfeed. That's right, breastfeeding is not all about suction, but the actual stimulation of nipples and milk ducts to contract out breast milk.

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Top Breastfeeding Myths

Information gets passed down from generations of family, friends, and healthcare providers, but we all know things can be subject to becoming outdated or put in a different perspective. The idea of “correlation not equating to causation” can be applied in many scenarios, especially when it comes to pregnancy and especially breastfeeding. Breastfeeding, pumping, and the whole process of lactation is not relatively complicated, but we have a lot of confusing tips and rules that can actually make things a lot harder than they need to be.

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When and How to Use a Nipple Shield for Breastfeeding

Nipple shields were once thought of as a quick fix for breastfeeding pain, under the guise of pain being a normal thing to expect and work through when you breastfeed. Now we know there can actually be issues stemming from the use of nipple shields, especially if using without the guidance and follow up of a breastfeeding professional, an IBCLC.

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Healthy Breastfeeding Diet Do’s and Don’ts

One of the major questions from new moms, especially breastfeeding moms, is what their diet should look like in postpartum and how to ensure they have a healthy diet to provide the best for what their baby needs. A well-rounded diet rich in nutrition is a priority when breastfeeding. While many assume it has to do with their milk supply, milk production, and milk composition, evidence suggests that nutrition has more to do with the health status of the lactating mother in many ways.

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How to Breastfeed After a C-Section

Let’s discuss breastfeeding both comfortably and effectively after having a cesarean section. We know it’s important to bond with your little one, but it’s equally important to take care of your cesarean birth recovery and postpartum journey with comfortable positions, breastfeeding concerns, breast pumps, and when to reach out to a lactation consultant for breastfeeding help.

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