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Is having inverted nipples a problem for breastfeeding?

Is having inverted nipples a problem for breastfeeding?

It can be: Inverted nipples can make it difficult for the baby to latch properly. A good lactation consultant cand show you some things that might help. Many moms find the easiest way to get the all important breastmilk to the infant is to pump and then feed from a bottle. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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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How can I make my inverted nipples work for breastfeeding?

How can I make my inverted nipples work for breastfeeding?

No-surgery v surgery: There are a variety of approaches for treating inverted nipples beginning with a nipple aspirator or nipplette device proceeding to nipple piercing and then to duct preserving techniques and lastly to duct transection. These are listed in increasing order of severity the last procedure most likely to compromise the ability of lactate and nurse. ...Read more

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I have inverted nipples and have been breastfeeding for 4 months. Will they evert eventually?

I have inverted nipples and have been breastfeeding for 4 months. Will they evert eventually?

Sometimes: Sometimes inverted nipples will evert with breastfeeding, but sometimes not. If your baby is exclusively breastfeeding and growing well after 4 months, you are doing very well. Sometimes using a breast pump can help. You may also find it useful to consult a lactation consultant in your area. ...Read more

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Feel lumps in breasts close to nipples. Not rock hard, but also not squishy. They seem to move a bit. I'm breastfeeding and dr says it's milk ducts?

Feel lumps in breasts close to nipples. Not rock hard, but also not squishy. They seem to move a bit. I'm breastfeeding and dr says it's milk ducts?

Probably!: Lumps and bumps during breastfeeding are very common, and most often a result of clogged ducts. Regular breast feeding, or pumping, with the help of warm compresses are the best ways to help prevent and treat these clogged ducts. However, any lump that doesn't improve in 72 hours, redness, fevers, or intense pain should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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My newborn baby doesn't want my milk. I'm so depressed. I want to breast feed him. Also, I have an inverted nipple and my milk doesn't flow quickly.

My newborn baby doesn't want my milk. I'm so depressed. I want to breast feed him. Also, I have an inverted nipple and my milk doesn't flow quickly.

Not uncommon: Talk with gyn and see lactation specialist- they have multiple aids for you and you are right to want to breast feed, nurture your baby and reduce your breast risks as well. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have inverted nipples? Can I breastfeed?

Is it normal to have inverted nipples? Can I breastfeed?

Yes: You can breast feed, even with inverted nipples. Most hospitals have a team of lactation specialists who can assist you. Talk to your obstetrician for help. ...Read more

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Is there any chance my inverted nipples will come out? I'm 2 weeks pregnant and soon to give birth to my child and i want to breastfeed. Pls help! ty

Is there any chance my inverted nipples will come out? I'm 2 weeks pregnant and soon to give birth to my child and i want to breastfeed. Pls help! ty

Lactation: There are ways to address an inverted nipple for the purpose of lactation. Available to you in most hospitals are lactation consultants that should be able to assist with that. ...Read more

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Can I breastfeed if I have inverted nipples?

Can I breastfeed if I have inverted nipples?

Yes: Breastfeeding with inverted nipples is harder to do than with regular nipples. One can try to turn inverted nipples into regular nipples (unless one is having premature uterine contractions), such as by pushing on the areolas around the nipples, and gently tugging on the nipples to pull them outwards, making them longer. Lactation consultants, nipple shields, and/or breast pumping may be helpful. ...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


Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Inverted Nipples (Definition)

An inverted nipple (occasionally invaginated nipple) is a nipple that, instead of pointing outward, is ...Read more