First time posting here so I'm not sure this is the correct forum for this question. I am 28 weeks pregnant with my 2nd daughter. I breastfeed DD1 for 2 weeks and struggled the whole while due to having one flat nipple and one that was inverted. I worked with a lactation nurse at the hospital and she was very helpful but it was very difficult for even both of us to get DD1 latched on. It was exhausting and especially so after having a c-section. She finally gave me some nipple shields and those worked okay but were a huge pain with having to clean them and also they tended to collect milk too much in them and DD1 would choke and gag if she stopped sucking for too long.
I used a hand manual breastpump a few times but at 2 weeks just couldn't deal anymore and gave up with breastfeeding despite the fact I had a good milk supply. Now that I'm pregnant again I really want to breastfeed DD2. The inverted nipple has corrected itself so that's good but I now have 2 flat nipples to deal with. I am buying a fully electric double pump to prepare for the case I might have to pump to help pull my nipples out enough to get her latched and also in the case I have to just pump and feed for awhile. I have also been getting together anything that will help make it more comfortable for me like a good nursing pillow and glider chair. I wondered if anyone had some tips or ideas on how to prepare for feeding with flat nipples? I have heard breast shells in the last months of pregnancy can be used and I am going to ask my doctor for permission to use them but has anyone had success with them?
Thanks for any advice or tips!