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Tools & Gadgets

Nipple Gauge

This gauge is designed to take a measurement of the diameter (thickness or width) of your nipple. This is only a relative measurement that will allow you to monitor when your nipple starts to change, due to re-lactation. Your design and materials may vary in any way that suits your situation. Mine was made from the cardstock that would make up any common cereal box. The sizes are all  uncritical, except the Vee cut into the center of the stock. If you lay out the dimensions listed in the drawing, and cut the two long sides of the Vee slot very straight, it should work fine for you. Of course, you can always leave a corner square and draw gradients on the side of the card to be used as a measurement if you are keeping tabs on the length of your nipples. Or you may want to just send this image to a printer and print it on heavy stock paper, and then cut it out.

When you use the gauge, read it by looking at your reflection in a mirror, so you can look at it straight on. It is better if you ask your partner to measure for you.

The following image was taken and sent in by a couple that are currently stimulating for the purpose of inducing lactation. She is showing us the proper technique to use the nipple gauge. We can see that her nipple is between 7/16" and 8/16" (1/2"). Those that can 'interpolate' can see that her nipple measures 15/32" in diameter. She will check again the following week to determine if her nipple is enlarging, one indication that her induction sessions are making a difference. This Nipple Gauge was made by copying the image above to a file and then sending that file image to her printer.

She does a nice job on her nails. Thank you for your image.



Nursing/Massage Table       By A Grateful Lady

"My wonderful husband designed and built this table that allows me to lie face down on it for massage work. The opening is designed for my breasts to be free for access from below for breast massage and ANR positioning (that is why the table is so close to the floor)."

"He constructed the frame from scrap steel he had available, welded into a sturdy frame. He put 5/8" plywood on the top and padded it."


        Photo provided by the builder of the table.  
Contact Ken at BreastNotes.com for details.




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