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I think I have inverted nipples. Will this cause any problems?

Not usually, but may: Inverted nipples can create a problem during breastfeeding by making it more difficult for the baby to properly latch. In some cases, they are also more prone to injury of the nipple surface. Even if the nipples don’t evert on their own, this characteristic should not prevent most women from successfully breastfeeding their children. ...Read more

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Dr. Laura Webb
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Lactation Problems (Definition)

Refers to challenges with breastfeeding. Can include problems with latch and milk transfer to infant. Also can include inadequate supply for a variety of reasons. Also can include breast infection- mastitis as well as ...Read more


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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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Why do some people have inverted nipples?

Why do some people have inverted nipples?

Why is one person..: ....5 foot two and another person is 6 foot one? Why are some blond and some brunette? Because different people are made differently. ...Read more

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How can I make normal my inverted nipples?

How can I make normal my inverted nipples?

Surgery if desired: Plastic surgery is probably the only true way of correcting inverted nipples. Some advocate regularly stretching (hoffman technique)/stimulating the nipples to loosen tissue. Some have used suction from a 10 cc syringe. During nursing of a baby-some will use nipple shields. Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who has expertise if you truly are not happy with your nipples. ...Read more

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How can I get inverted nipples to be normal?

How can I get inverted nipples to be normal?

Need to be checked: First you need to find out why your nipple is inverted, since one of the causes of nipple inversion is an underlying malignancy. If your nipple has been inverted for a long time and cancer is not its cause, surgical correction can be done by a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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How can I make my inverted nipples point out?

Is this new?: There are a few questions: is this new or have you always had this? Is it 1 or 2 nipples? Is there a mass? If this is something you have always had and on both sides, this can be corrected surgically. I recommend a complete exam by your physician. ...Read more

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Is it possible to grow out an inverted nipples?

Is it possible to grow out an inverted nipples?

Not likely: Not if you are fully grown. Certainly some can change in adolescence with full maturity. Plastic surgeons do have some techniques to address this issue. ...Read more

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Is it possible to make inverted nipples normal?

Is it possible to make inverted nipples normal?

Usually not: In most cases, inverted nipples are due to anatomic changes in the nipples. If this is something that has been ongoing for a long period of time, it can be surgically corrected. When 1 nipple inverts and/or is associated with a mass, then you need evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause a female to have inverted nipples?

What can cause a female to have inverted nipples?

Genes, may be: If you are discovering it now, ask the female how long has she noticed these to be the case. While there are some medical medical conditions, like obesity, sagging breasts etc. in majority of cases it is genetically determined. In some cases stimulation can cause nipples to revert to normal position and the problem can affect one or both sides. ...Read more

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Is there a way to make my inverted nipples pop out?

Is there a way to make my inverted nipples pop out?

Usually not: In most cases, inverted nipples are due to anatomic changes in the nipples. If this is something that has been ongoing for a long period of time, it can be surgically corrected. When 1 nipple inverts and/or is associated with a mass, then you need evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there any way to make inverted nipples pop out?

Is there any way to make inverted nipples pop  out?

Not if chronic: If your nipples have been inverted for a long time (chronic), then it can only be reversed with surgery. Surgery requires cutting the ligaments that are keeping the nipple inverted. You can contact a plastic surgeon for the best result. ...Read more

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I am a male with sudden inverted nipples. Why did this happen?

I am a male with sudden inverted nipples. Why did this happen?

Unusual: Being on both sides it would not seem 2 b related 2 underlying tumor. This does not usually occur suddenly so i would have an evaluation 4 peace of mind. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are my 43yr old inverted nipples spontanously staying out?

Nipple inversion: Hormonal changes is the most common cause for nipples to become erect. Cold weather can do the same. At age 45, you should have a mammogram and a physical breast exam to rule out anything serious. ...Read more

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I have inverted nipples and was wondering if that's normal and also why it occurs?? it's something I'm really insecure about.

If they change: and can pop out (like with cold) then, no, it is a normal varient of zero concern. If it is both sides, infection, etc is just not at all likely. http://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/advice/a5928/ask-logan-inverted-nipples/ a change in ONE nipple with other symptoms would be a concern. Always being that way, symmetric both sides without other problems not likely a problem. ...Read more

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How can surgery correct my inverted nipples?

Inverted Nipple: One technique involves making an incision at the edge of the areola, identifying and dividing (cutting) the ducts that attach to and pull on the inner surface of the nipple, placing a suture under the skin at the base of the nipple to keep it from inverting again. ...Read more

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How can I fix inverted nipples without surgery?

Inverted nipples: Some woman who breast feed may experience protraction that remains. Suction sex toys may be used to protract nipples & stimulation often causes them to protract. If the nipples is able to protract then sometimes piercing jewelry can keep it in a protracted state. ...Read more

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Why are my inverted nipples suddenly popping out?

Why are my inverted nipples suddenly popping out?

You have grade1: Inverted nipple grade 1 refers to nipples that can easily be pulled out, by using finger pressure around the aureola. The grade 1 inverted nipple maintains its projections and rarely retracts. Also, grade 1 inverted nipples may occasionally pop up without manipulation or pressure. ...Read more

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Will my inverted nipples be corrected if I have a baby?

Nipple shape: With stimulation the nipples will most likely protrude allowing for breast feeding. But having a baby will not change the basic architecture of your nipples. ...Read more

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Is there a way to cure inverted nipples without surgery?

Is there a way to cure inverted nipples without surgery?

Possibly: There are articles in the literature describinf the use of temporary nipple piercing to correct inverted nipples. The theory is that the scar that develops after removing the piercing helps to keep the nipple from retracting. ...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