Will Inverted Nipple Correction prevent me from breastfeeding?

Question:Your Questions Answered by the Surgeons at Aurora Clinics

I have inverted nipples which only protrude temporarily if I pull them outwards really hard. I have learned that during inverted nipple correction the surgeon removes the ducts. If this is the case, breastfeeding will no longer be an option for lactating mothers.

If one should become pregnant, could you please advise as to what will happen to the milk as it will still accumulate in the breast?


Thank you for contacting us. During surgery the milk ducts are divided. We have found this to be the only sure way to correct nipple inversion as it is the ducts which pull the nipple inwards.

If the milk ducts are divided you will not be able to breastfeed. The effect on your breasts is very similar to what happens to women who choose not to breastfeed. The breasts enlarge during pregnancy and after the baby is born but if there is no stimulus from the baby sucking the nipples, they quickly reduce in size and in many cases revert back to normal.

Essentially, the only difference you will notice following surgery is that you will not be able to breastfeed. Other than that, your breasts should behave in a normal fashion. We hope this has been helpful. It might be worthwhile listening to our information CD about inverted nipple correction.

Best Wishes,

The Aurora Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Team