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Indian Pediatr 2011;48: 652-653

Retracted Nipples

Vineeta Gupta
and Ashok Kumar

Department of Pediatrics, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University,
Varanasi 221 005, India.


We read with much interest the correspondence by Rathi and Mandliya on a novel approach to correct retracted nipples by using husband as a suction machine [1]. The method is not novel and has already been described in the Breast Feeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) Manual on "Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling: A Training Course" for treatment of retracted nipples [2]. We are also concerned with the social and cultural acceptability of this method in our set up. We feel that other methods for treatment of retracted nipples are more acceptable and should be preferred.


1. Rathi S, Mandliya J. A novel approach to correct retracted nipples. Indian Pediatr. 2011; 48: 245.

2. Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling: A Training Course, New Delhi: . Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India; 2006. S14-62.


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