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Reverse Pressure Softening

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If your nipple has flattened out due to engorgement, reverse pressure softening will help move swelling backward into the breast and allow your nipple to evert (push back out).

Mother holding inverted nipple

Reverse Pressure Softening

Your baby is unable to latch onto your breast when your nipple is flattened due to engorgement.

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Reverse Pressure Softening

Step 1:

Place your fingers and thumb on the areola around your nipple.

Reverse Pressure Softening

Step 2:

Firmly but gently push inward on the breast toward your ribs.

Step 3:

Hold this pressure for at least 60 seconds, and up to 3 minutes.

Step 4:

Release your fingers.

Mother holding everted nipple

Reverse Pressure Softening

Your nipple should be everted. Latch your baby immediately before swelling returns.


If you are still having trouble latching your baby to your breast, call the Texas Lactation Support Hotline at 855-550-6667.