I am currently pregnant with my second child, and have been remembering the breastfeeding trials I had with my first son. I have one inverted nipple. My son was a champion and had no problems latching and eating from that side. For me though, it was absolute misery. He pulled the nipple out after feeding for just a few days. I was initially delighted. I quickly found out just how painful that is. All the tender skin that had never seen the light of day was being vigorously sucked. I literally had a huge open sore that wouldn't heal where the pulled out skin was. After giving it a week, I was a wreck- shaking uncontrollably each time I had to feed that side. Even though I used the nipple shield it was just to painful. I talked to a LC, who told me to give it another week, and then pumping might be my only option.
I followed her advice and eventually ended up pumping on that side full-time. I knew I would do just about anything to keep breastfeeding my son. Even though I was pumping, the nipple never really healed. And even though it pulled out, the adhesions never broke and over time it would go back it. Because I basically had an open sore on one side, I was REALLY susceptible to mastitis. Now matter how careful I was I would get it. Eventually I had to give up breastfeeding (after 6 months). After getting it four times, I just couldn't go on.
Wheh-- that was a long story! Even though I had some trials, I really enjoyed breastfeeding (besides the mind-numbing pain) and would like to try again. I plan on discussing all this with a LC too-- but I really wanted to see if anyone out there had a similar story or some sage advice