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Doctor insights on: Why Do Nipples Invert After Breastfeeding

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Can stopping breastfeeding cause one or both nipples to become inverted?

Can stopping breastfeeding cause one or both nipples to become inverted?

Nipples: Yes, it is possible for your nipples to invert after breast feeding. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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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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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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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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.

A/W Dr Zacharias: & Dr Wright. A breast feeding consultant (This used to be one of my husband's jobs) can be super helpful. Breast feeding can be very challenging for women with inverted nipples it nipples don't become fully erect with nipple stimulation. Please don't beat yourself up or get depressed. This doesn't mean you are any less of a good mother. ...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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Is it common to have inverted nipples and breastfeed?

Is it common to have inverted nipples and breastfeed?

With difficulty: The la leche league has support materials available for women with inverted nipples including women who counsel others with this condition. Check google or your local phone book. Inverted nipples make it very difficult to breast feed. Witout inversion techniques. ...Read more

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

Dr. Craig Uhl Dr. Uhl
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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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If a woman is flat chested, have fluffy inverted nipples, can she breastfeed?What caused this besides genetics?Women in the family have usual breasts.

If a woman is flat chested, have fluffy inverted nipples, can she breastfeed?What caused this besides genetics?Women in the family have usual breasts.

Breast feeding: Despite having small beasts, the glandular elements to produce milk should still function normally and allow you to breast-feed. Inverted nipples sometimes cause a problem with the infant being able to suckle but breast-feeding is still possible. I would recommend seeing a lactation nurse for some tricks and advice. ...Read more

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I have a sudden inverted nipple after breast feeding my son 9 yrs ago. He was my third breast fed baby. My ob has never seemed concerned.

I have a sudden inverted nipple after breast feeding my son 9 yrs ago. He was my third breast fed baby. My ob has never seemed concerned.

Nipple ins and outs: As long as the breast itself is self examined by you monthly after a period and there are no lumps or nipple discharges then after 9 years there really isn't a reason to be concerned. Nipple inversions often occur in women with multiply breast feed successive infants. ...Read more

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Survival for 42yr. Woman, breast cancer both breasts, no smoking, drinking. 2 children. Pat. Grandmother and aunt died from it.Early stage.Nipple invert. Slowly from breast feeding over 9yrs.Saw dr.

Survival for 42yr. Woman, breast cancer both breasts, no smoking, drinking. 2 children. Pat. Grandmother and aunt died from it.Early stage.Nipple invert. Slowly from breast feeding over 9yrs.Saw dr.

Breast Cancer.: Breast cancer, even in both breasts, can be cured. It is difficult to give survival information without knowing stage and more details. But, this can be answered by your oncologist. ...Read more

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Why do nipples itch while breastfeeding?

Different things: It could be dermatitis or yeast from staying wet much of the time. You can air dry them between feedings or use nipple shields that keep them from direct contact with wet clothing. You can find those at a breastfeeding supply store. You can put lotrimin (clotrimazole) af cream on them 3 times a day for a week to clear up yeast. You just wipe off any excess before feeding, but don't worry about a small amount. ...Read more

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Should I use cream or ointment to soothe my nipples while i’m breastfeeding?

Should I use cream or ointment to soothe my nipples while i’m breastfeeding?

Yes: Try lanolin! it is natural and safe for your breast feeding baby. It works well for healing cracked nipples (and it also works well for sucking blisters on your baby's mouth as well!) some moms also like aquaphor- which is a vasoline like ointment that is safe to use as well. ...Read more

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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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What are the breastfeeding implications if you have nipple candidiasis?

What are the breastfeeding  implications if you have nipple candidiasis?

Sore cracked nipples: Candida can cause thrush (baby's mouth), and may make your nipples very sore, and more likely to crack and bleed. Sore nipples may make you reluctant to nurse, which will reduce your milk production. Candida thrives in warm, dark, moist places-exactly the environment in your bra! avoid occlusive nursing pads, air your breasts, and apply the antifungal cream recommended by your doctor. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding, my nipple have yellowish pimpils, is it an infection?

Breastfeeding, my nipple have yellowish pimpils, is it an infection?

Concerning: These may represent milk ducts that are full but concerning would be a skin infection or worse yet, mastitis. This would be most concerning if in addition to the pimples you have redness, pain, swelling, fever, joint aches and overall feeling bad. You need to call your doctor or lactation consultant to discuss your physical findings in detail and if needed go in for an exam and be treated. ...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?

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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Can breastfeeding injury permanently scar nipples?

Unlikely...: There's lots of blood flow to nipples, so they should be able to heal. A dermatologist may be able to help prescribe a treatment that will held the traumatized area to recover. ...Read more

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My nipples hurt and they are hard I'm not breastfeeding or pregnant?

My nipples hurt and they are hard I'm not breastfeeding or pregnant?

Soreness of nipples: how old are you? do your nipples hurt during your menstrual period? are you able to express anything from your nipples? A warm compress or moist tea bags over each nipple for 10 minutes - 3 Times per day should provide some relief. even though you're not pregnant and not breast-feeding, there may be some colostrum produced by your breasts and ducts can get clogged and be painful. ...Read more

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