Inverted nipples - suggestions urgently needed

Feb 28, 2014
hi friends,
one of my friend is having inverted nipples. when she got conceived she asked her gynec regarding this problem, that doctor told her it will get erected after 4th month of pregnancy and told her that her breasts will become little much bigger and at the same time nipples also get outward. i told her to apply castor oil and pull it slowly daily for 10 days, but nothing happened like that, she got her breasts get little much bigger, but the nipples remains inverted only, now she got delivered a baby, the baby finds it so much difficult to suck breast milk, she is unable to feed the baby. doctor gave her some cream, but no use, doctor asked her to put artificial nipple over her breasts. but her baby finds it difficult to get the milk.
friends, u people got any suggestions to get it corrected, pls share it. it will be useful not only to my friend, but many friends whom they r having such problem.



Ruler's of Penmai
Registered User
Jul 26, 2012
Flat or inverted nipples are actually pretty common. About 10-20 percent of all women are born with them. Inverted nipples from birth are not medically harmful. There are actually 2 types of inverted nipples. Many health professionals may refer to “shy” nipples. A shy nipple can be pulled inwards, but at other times protrude. A “shy” nipple can point out in cold temperatures such as cold water, or can be brought out with some massage or stimulation.True inverted nipples are present from birth, and do not protrude with cold or stimulation. The cause is usually from connections in underlying tissue, ligaments and the skin. Ligaments along the milk ducts, which connect to the nipples, are shorter and pull the nipple in towards the breast tissue.
If nipples seem inverted later in life, or after breastfeeding, the cause can be that the skin of the breast can become looser and relax around the nipples making the nipples to appear to be inverted. However, if a nipple has not always been inverted and suddenly does so, it is important to see your doctor right away to determine if there is some other medical cause.

Are Inverted Nipples A Concern for Breastfeeding?

Research indicates that about 28 to 35 percent of women, who are pregnant for the first time, have nipples that don’t protrude that well. And 10% are considered inverted nipples. That is quite common indeed. However, inverted nipples should not interfere with sexual enjoyment and may not even be a problem with breastfeeding. Many women with inverted nipples may find that during their pregnancy, or during breastfeeding, their nipples come out either temporarily or sometimes permanently. With proper breastfeeding technique an infant can latch onto the areola—around the nipple-- so women with inverted nipples can breastfeed without necessarily any difficulty. Additionally, an infant who latches on well may actually be able to draw out an inverted nipple.The use of suction devices such as a breast pump right before feeding may help to bring out an inverted nipple. Health professionals do recommend that you take special precautions to keep your breasts and nipples clean, as you can be prone to infection if there is discharge and the nipples are inside folds of skin.

Aids to Inverted Nipples

If you are unsure whether or not you have a true inverted nipple or nipples, there are some simple home practices that have been effective for many women.

  • You might try to coax the nipple out with ice or stimulation.
  • Another method some women have found helpful is by gentle rolling the nipple.
Devices and Surgery

There are choices of devices available for aiding a shy or inverted nipple to protrude. Some women have found these devices helpful, others not at all. The determination of the effectiveness of these devices in making a cosmetic change is individual. Devices include the niplette, nipple rings, a nipple protractor constructed from a disposable syringe, and the Hoffman technique, a nipple stretching technique.

There is product known as Breast shells found in maternity shops or online that have been found to be helpful by some women. They are a small plastic discs with a hole in the center, which allows the nipple to protrude. A dome to allow air to circulate covers the disc. The shell exerts some pressure, which can encourage the nipple to stand out. They are worn inside the bra.

Surgery is usually only chosen after a family is completed and/or when breastfeeding is no longer considered. There are several different procedures that can be used. However, these options should be explored and discussed with your doctor to determine your goals and outcomes. The operation can be performed under local anesthetic. Some surgeries are promoted as simple procedures that do not effect breast-feeding potential. However other surgery procedures divides the breast ducts beneath the nipple, or cuts the milk duct, which can affect breast-feeding.
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Dec 2, 2011
Hi Malathi,

If nothing could be done, your friend can do one thing.

She can buy the BREAST MILK PUMPING MACHINE and use it for pumping her milk. She can then feed the child with this milk throughout the day.

Atleast this way, the child could have the most necessary breast milk.

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