NurseEZ. The Non-Surgical Treatment for Flat and Inverted Nipples
- Sanitise before use, especially if used before breastfeeding.
- Apply a small amount of Nursing Balm to the areola/nipple.
- Center cup over nipple and squeeze gently. Keeping the rim flat, push it into the areola, then release.
- If it does not stay on, repeat, pushing in deeper and making sure that the edges are flat all the way round.
- If the suction is too strong, remove and try again, squeezing and/or pushing in less before letting go. Practice a few
times to find a comfortable suction level.
- Do not wear over 15 minutes the first day. Tolerated well, it may be reapplied later in the day with wearing time increased to 30 minutes.
- Advance the time the next day to one hour if there is no discomfort.
- If cups become uncomfortable, reduce suction and wear for shorter intervals. Do not increase time if tenderness, sensitivity, redness or pain is experienced.
- Breast Shells can be used to hold NurseEZ in place if needed. Order Breast Shells together with your NurseEZ pair for Inverted nipples.
Each day slowly increase the time as tolerated. Keep a check on the nipple color while it is being worn as you advance your time during the early treatment period. Hence it can be worn for five to six hours without tenderness. Do not rush treatment for Inverted nipples; go by what allows for comfort. Do NOT wear over eight hours in a 24 hour period.
These supple cups may be worn for short periods daily for several weeks or months as needed for maintenance. This is a safe and effective treatment for Inverted nipples.
If worn for too long or with too strong of suction, they may cause nipple trauma: pain, bleeding, blisters, sores and scabs. Follow instructions carefully.
Treatment for Inverted nipples during pregnancy:
Use caution with pregnancy in the last trimester since nipple stimulation may result in Braxton-Hicks type contractions. The suction from the device is constant and not likely to stimulate nerve endings, but the risk is still there. Contractions may be noticed related to wearing the device, stop use and contact your OB.
Should you have a history of premature labor, are considered at risk for premature labor, or especially if you have been prohibited from sexual activity during the pregnancy, do not use the NurseEZ without discussing your specific situation with your doctor. If the use of the device must be discontinued, discuss with the OB when to safely resume.
In the last trimester is where problems with use in pregnancy are more likely. Leaking milk may also make wearing it more difficult as it will dislodge easily. If it fills with colostrum, empty, rinse and reapply.
Treatment for Inverted nipples after delivery:
Wear the silicone thimble for Inverted nipples 30 minutes prior to feeding baby. If they cause some milk to leak out, the cups may release sooner;
simply empty the milk in a cup and re-apply. (The milk may be saved if device is clean and emptied quickly.) REMOVE BEFORE NURSING. Keep out of reach of children as this product could be a choking hazard.
About the developer of NurseEZ for Inverted nipples; Marsha Bearden RN, IBCLC.
Registered Nurse and mother of three breastfed children, I also maintain current certification as a Lactation Consultant. I have specialized in Maternal Child Nursing in a hospital setting for fourteen years, with eight years as a charge nurse on the Obstetrical Unit. I developed and managed the Lactation Program and provided Childbirth Education at Dekalb BMC in Fort Payne, Alabama. In 1999, I entered my private practice. I have had extensive experience counseling breastfeeding mothers since 1985, and I am currently a member of the Alabama Breastfeeding Coalition.
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