Inverted nipples fold inward instead of pointing out. Women with
inverted nipples may have a hard time getting started with
breast-feeding. A breast-feeding baby latches on more
easily to a nipple when it is erect.
To find out whether you have flat or inverted nipples:
Special techniques and breast shells sometimes are recommended to
prepare inverted nipples for breast-feeding. But how well they work is
questionable. Inverted nipples may naturally become more erect after the birth
of your baby. Your health professional or a lactation consultant is usually
able to help you and your baby start breast-feeding if your nipples stay
inverted. In some cases, he or she may recommend using a nipple shield.
Regardless of whether you plan to breast-feed, call your health
professional if you notice that your nipples have changed from looking erect to
April 3, 2013
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Mary Robbins, RNC, IBCLC - Lactation Consultant
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