Can breastfeeding cause inverted nipples? And would the Niplette work for me?

Ask the Cosmetic SurgeonInverted Nipples Question:

Hi, I have watched lots of your videos on YouTube, and after seeing the video “Inverted Nipples – Are they a sign of breast cancer?” I have a couple of questions I am hoping you can answer.

I have one inverted nipple, which only appeared around 3-4 years ago. I have 3 children, all of whom I breastfed. My youngest child is now 7 years old.

My question is whether or not breastfeeding can cause inverted nipples? I always assumed that mine came from breastfeeding my children, but never understood why it didn’t happen straight after breastfeeding my third child 7 years ago.

Also, within the last couple of months, my nipple has become more sensitive and sore. It also seems to collect discharge and have a noticeable smell, which is quite embarrassing. And now with it being somewhat painful, I really want to do something about it.

I’ve read about the Avent Niplette device, and was wondering if this is something that might work for me? I have attached a photograph for your reference. Thanks.

Inverted Nipples Answer:

Hi there,

Many thanks for your email. I’m glad you found the videos and information on our website useful.

To answer your questions, breastfeeding can indeed cause nipple inversion, and is actually quite a common cause. It is unusual for this to occur several years after breastfeeding, but not impossible.

For your peace of mind I would recommend you pay a visit to your GP to rule out any underlying issues with the breast tissue.

From looking at your photograph, it looks as though you have Grade 3 inversion in your right breast. This is the highest degree of inversion, which may mean that treating it with the Niplette will not be enough to correct it, but as it is relatively inexpensive I would certainly suggest it is worth a try before pursuing surgery.

I hope this helps. Best of luck whatever you decide to do.

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