Re: Breastfeeding with inverted nipples.
Welcome to the forum, mama, and congratulations on upcoming baby #2. I'm sorry that inverted nip gave you such a hard time with your first baby. I'm impressed that you made it to 6 months! Mastitis is awful. It's like being hit by a truck, only you can't just lay down and die. You have to go care for a baby!
I think you should have hope that your next breastfeeding experience will be completely different from your first. Each baby is different, and you never know what's going to happen. This time things could go perfectly right from the get-go! I am thinking that maybe a breast shell worn on the inverted side might help you, and you can start wearing it now. Give the shells time to work on the adhesions...
I -am surprised that you continued to have an open wound even after you switched to pumping the inverted side. Makes me wonder if there wasn't something going on in addition to the inverted nip- a persistent bacterial infection that was never treated with the correct antibiotic (this happened to a friend of mine- she had mastitis 6 times before the docs finally cultured her milk and put her on the right antibiotic), or perhaps an incorrectly sized breast shield.
Now, if you run into the same problem with your next baby, and you feel like you cannot use that inverted nip, you could always just feed on one breast. Most moms are capable of feeding on one breast alone- think of moms of twins, with just 1 breast per baby. And if that doesn't work, you could always nurse on the good side and use formula to make up any shortfalls. Breastfeeding does not have to be all or nothing!
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"