Ask the Experts. When it comes to breasts, many women are aware of the choices that they have if they are unhappy. This could be due to the size of their breasts or the shape. Not everyone is quite so clear when it comes to nipples though.
What causes flat nipples?
What are flat nipples?
Nipple shapes and sizes can vary a lot from woman to woman. Read our practical tips to help make breastfeeding a little easier — whatever type of nipples you have. And some women have had one or both nipples pierced. Many mums with inverted, flat, or pierced nipples breastfeed with no problems at all, but others need extra support. An inverted nipple dimples inwards at the centre. It may look like this all the time, or only when stimulated. Sometimes inverted nipples retract back so they are level with the areola, or they may even sink down into the breast tissue. You may find that, as your breasts change during pregnancy , your nipples begin to protrude more by themselves.
Preparing inverted or flat nipples during pregnancy
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The size and shape of nipples and breasts vary widely between women. These differences have little to do with the ability to breastfeed—though if one or both nipples are flat or inverted some mothers find that establishing breastfeeding takes a little extra time and patience in the early days. Inverted nipples? Many nipples will protrude when stimulated. If you think yours may be inverted, try placing your thumb and finger on opposite sides of the areola the darker area of skin surrounding the nipple and squeezing gently inwards. A nipple that stands out when stimulated is not inverted. Sometimes nipples may be partly inverted, looking dimpled or folded. Severely inverted nipples usually retract deeply when compressed or stimulated.