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Are nipple shields dangerous?

Are nipple shields dangerous?

No: Nipple shields are meant to be used short-term, to help with inverted or sore nipples. If placed improperly, it is possible that they could decrease milk intake. Ideally a mother should be working closely with a lactation consultant to address latch or position problems, in order to quickly wean off the nipple shield. The intl. Lactation consultant assoc. Website can provide a nearby referral. ...Read more

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Nipple (Definition)

A nipple also known mammary papilla or teat is a small projection of skin containing the outlets for 15–20 lactiferous ducts. Its at the apex or top or breast ...Read more


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Is nipple bleeding due to bites dangerous?

Is nipple bleeding due to bites dangerous?

Yes: Biting nipples to the point of bleeding is crossing a safety line. Nipping nipples during sex is one thing but biting should be off limits. ...Read more

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Theres some tiny ball shape on my nipple. The colour is brighter than my nipple. What is it? Is it dangerous?

Theres some  tiny ball shape on my nipple. The colour is brighter than my nipple. What is it? Is it dangerous?

See a doctor: This should be seen and examined, and if needed , biopsied. It is probably not severe, but one never knows until one investigates. Go see a doctor now and get evaluated. Hope this is minor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have just a little nipple discharge when squeezed. Could it be dangerous?

I have just a little nipple discharge when squeezed. Could it be dangerous?

Normal: It is normal for a woman to be able to express small quantities of clear or white fluid from the breast. That would be normal. A discolored or bloody discharge should be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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My baby 21 m/o keeps "breastfeedng" without milk since 9 m/o that my milk dried. She keeps sucking my nipples for confort but is it dangerous for me?

My baby 21 m/o keeps "breastfeedng" without milk since 9 m/o that my milk dried. She keeps sucking my nipples for confort but is it dangerous for me?

Not necessarily: If baby need this for nurturing the only downside i could see for you is the occasional mastitis that could eventually impair breastfeeding for a future pregnancy. Effort to find another acceptable "nurture" activity between the two of you may help baby transition off the breast. ...Read more

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I have a new mole on my nipple.. Is it dangerous?

I have a new mole on my nipple.. Is it dangerous?

Mole: Any new mole that is dark, changing color or size, has an irregular border, various colors, itches, bleeds, etc. Should be evaluated for skin cancer by a dermatologist. It could just be a normal mole or a non cancerous growth. Without close visual inspection it is difficult to determine the severity of this mole. See your dermatologist to be safe. ...Read more

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He has 4 nipples and a dip in the middle of his chest. It is not big or very hollow. He has been having chest/heart pain. Is this dangerous?

He has 4 nipples and a dip in the middle of his chest. It is not big or very hollow. He has been having chest/heart pain. Is this dangerous?

Better safe / sorry: If you have chest discomfort which lasts for more than a few minutes and is concerning to you, you should seek immediate medical attention. There are many causes of chest pain and some are not serious but others can be fatal so please get checked out right away. ...Read more

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37 wks pregnant & not dilated. Trying to avoid 2nd c/s in 2 weeks. Can nipple stimulation help? Is it dangerous to try this? Anything to do to dilate?

37 wks pregnant & not dilated. Trying to avoid 2nd c/s in 2 weeks. Can nipple stimulation help? Is it dangerous to try this? Anything to do to dilate?

Patience: There is nothing that is recommended or effective for induction of labor at 37 weeks. I understand that you want to be in control of your pregnancy, but this is one of those things that is best left to natural processes as much as possible. Hang in there and let the baby develop. Nipple stimulation is not dangerous, but likely will not be effective. ...Read more