Hello - I am 36 weeks pregnant and very much want to breastfeed my baby.
But I have flat nipples... I have been reading a lot through my pregnancy and every book and magazine I checked said it was ok and basically not to worry about this, and that even with flat nipples you should be able to nurse fine.
Well as I'm getting closer to my due date I'm getting nervous because I am not so sure anymore... I took a class in my local hospital that was an introduction to breastfeeding and they recommended that I use breast shells. Is this good? Is it too late for me (I am 36 weeks pregnant, should I have started from the beginning of the pregnancy)? They also mentioned some nipple stimulation exercises to try to bring them out, but many books I've read say that you shouldn't do this kind of exercise since you can trigger early labor and that basically they do more harm than good. So what should I do? I am nervous because I don't have much time left to do exercises or use the breast shells, I now worry if I'll be able to breastfeed my baby or not.
I hope this wasn't too long, I'll appreciate any help and guidance you can give me.