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Doctor insights on: Do Nipples Go Back To Their Normal Color After Breastfeeding

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Are cracked nipples within breastfeeding normal?

Are cracked nipples within breastfeeding normal?

Common : Unfortunately, cracked nipples are very common while breastfeeding. There are several over the counter preparations available to help and many experts recommend cabbage leaves for this. The Laleache League is a great resource for help with this and all issues related to breast feeding. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Need to know is white-ish moisture normal on my nipples 11 years after stopping breastfeeding?

Need to know is white-ish moisture normal on my nipples 11 years after stopping breastfeeding?

Could be a problem: Nipple discharge in a non-lactating woman, or any discharge in a man, should prompt a visit to a healthcare provider for evaluation. ...Read more

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Since becoming pregnant, my nipples have turned much darker. Will this keep me from breastfeeding? Is this normal?

Since becoming pregnant, my nipples have turned much darker. Will this keep me from breastfeeding? Is this normal?

This is normal: Darkening of the nipples and surrounding area called the areola is completely normal in pregnancy. A dark line (the linea nigra) may also appear down the middle of the belly. The color change in pregnancy is more dramatic in darker skinned people. This is all normal and will not affect breastfeeding in any way. ...Read more

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I'm very insecure about my breath because I don't have nipples, or at least not protruding ones. Is that normal? will I still be able to breast feed?

I'm very insecure about my breath because I don't have nipples, or at least not protruding ones. Is that normal? will I still be able to breast feed?

Probably: Most women have no problems breastfeeding. The trick is to get the tip of your nipple to the back of the baby's mouth while he is feeding to truly compress the milk ducts. A lactation consultant can help with technique when the baby is born to get you off to a good start! ...Read more

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How can I prepare my nipples for breastfeeding?

How can I prepare my nipples for breastfeeding?

Relaxation: Your body is producing the necessary hormones during pregnancy to prepare you for breastfeeding. The most important thing is to relax and not stress about it. Teaching your baby the correct latch, breastfeeding early on (in delivery room if possible!) and breastfeeding frequenty (10-12 times daily) in the first couple of days will best prepare your breasts successful breastfeeding. ...Read more

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If nipples are for breastfeeding a baby, so why do men have them?

If nipples are for breastfeeding a baby, so why do men have them?

It's embryology: All humans start off as essentially female in the womb no matter what your chromosome arrangement is. After several weeks, if you have a Y chromosome, testosterone kicks in and it changes the chemistry in the genitals and the brain. But the nipples are already there...so they stay. ...Read more

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What is the best way to take care of my nipples while breastfeeding?

What is the best way to take care of my nipples while breastfeeding?

Lanolin: Exposure to air to "toughen" the sensitive skin and lanolin cream for soothing relief are helpful ideas. ...Read more

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Dry nipples? Not breastfeeding I think my new home is very dry what can I do?

Dry nipples? Not breastfeeding I think my new home is very dry what can I do?

Moisturizer, hydroco: Temporary use of 1 per cent Hydrocortisone can help. Moisturizers such as cerave, cetaphil, aquaphor can be of value. Prescription products include eletone. If this is woman check laundry detergent or fabric softener as possible culprits. Hand wash bras in woolite and see if there is difference. ...Read more

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What to do about nipple infected after I stopped breastfeeding?

What to do about nipple infected after I stopped breastfeeding?

Nipple Infections: should be treated with warm compresses, topical antibiotic ointment, and possibly oral antibiotics depending in the severity of the infection. See you doctor for evaluation. They can sometimes be severe enough to need incision and drainage. ...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