The speed of correction achieved depends on the
degree of inversion, the state of the individual's muscle tissue and the rate
of wear. A permanent correction is normally achieved in about three
months of continuous use. Ideally, it should be worn in 8 hour periods per
day or night. Should any later tendency to retract be seen, the Avent
Niplette can be safely applied again from time to time.
The Avent Niplette
consist of a transparent nipple mould with a sealing flange, attached to a
valve and a syringe port. It works by applying gentle suction to the inverted
nipple. When held over the nipple, air can be withdrawn from the mould using
the small syringe, and the inverted nipple is 'sucked out' into the thimble.
The degree of suction is controlled by the woman herself, depending on what is
The Avent Niplette works because sustained suction gently stretches the
lactiferous ducts which hold the nipple 'in'.
Until recently, the only effective method of correction was surgery
involving sectioning of the lactiferous ducts under anesthetic. Though
surgery achieves cosmetic correction, it effectively destroys breast function
and therefore rules out breastfeeding for good and many times the surgery is
not permanent. High costs also make it a less than ideal solution. With the
Avent Niplette, duct division is not needed, therefore breast function is not
altered and breast-feeding is possible!
Other traditional treatments have involved the use of 'breast shells or
'Hoffman's exercises' that are not as effective nor permanent.
Flat or inverted nipples can be a potential problem for women wishing to
breastfeed. The unique and revolutionary Avent Niplette, invented by a leading
UK plastic surgeon provides a permanent cure.
Through gentle suction the Niplette pulls the nipple out into a small
plastic thimble-like cup. In a matter of one to three months of continued wear
the nipple will stay permanently erect.
Ideally, the Avent Niplette should be used before you become pregnant.
However, if your breasts are not too sensitive, it can also be used in the
first six months of pregnancy by women who are concerned that they might find
Alternatively you can use the Niplette for the first few days after
delivery for a few minutes only before each feed. This will pull your nipple
out so that your baby can latch on more easily and breastfeeding can be
Once your milk comes in fully, the Avent Niplette will not stay on well
enough to function. However, by then your baby will have become accustomed to
latching on to your nipple and pulling it out for him or herself.
After the precious and important breastfeeding experience is complete, the
Niplette can be used to achieve a permanent correction.