Will Inverted Nipple Treatment Affect My Ability to Breastfeed?

shutterstock-babyThe treatment of inverted nipples is a relatively minor procedure that typically involves a tiny, inconspicuous incision made at the base of the nipple. Through this incision, the shortened milk ducts and ligaments responsible for the nipple retraction are released, leading to a more desirable, normal-looking nipple with definitive projection.

Due to the fact that milk ducts are divided during treatment, there is a possibility that some women may not be able to breast feed after their procedure. Of course, many women with untreated inverted nipples either can’t breast feed their baby or can only do so inadequately. Conversely, many women who have undergone treatment are able to successfully breast feed. Furthermore, the majority of women who have undergone treatment do retain most if not all of the sensation in their nipples.

If you are considering treatment of your inverted nipples and are interested in breast feeding in the future, you should discuss this with a reputable board certified plastic surgeon. Provided with appropriate information, you can then make an informed decision as to whether you either want to proceed with surgical treatment or wait until you are finished having children and have completed nursing.

For answers to more frequently asked questions about inverted nipples and their treatment, read the blog: Inverted Nipples FAQ.

Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub

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