Types of nipples

There are different variations of nipples, such as normal, flat and inverted. Before your baby is born, it is helpful to know what type of nipples you have.
Types of nipples

If your baby is able to take in a good mouthful of breast, it is likely that there will not be any complications due to the type of nipples you have. However, flat or inverted nipples are not as easy for your baby to latch onto.

To determine whether you have flat or inverted nipples, gently compress your areola three centimetres behind your nipple. An inverted nipple will invert or retract when compressed.

If your nipples are flat or inverted, you can use Medela SoftShells for Inverted Nipples. They draw out the nipple and can be used during pregnancy or after birth. Formers are worn inside the bra, which may need to be one size larger than normal to accommodate them.

If you have any questions relating to the shape of your nipples, ask your health professional or lactation consultant.

 

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