Are my nipples flat or normal?

Answered by Cody Janus

To determine if your nipples are flat or normal, you can try the pinch test. It’s a simple and easy way to assess the shape and appearance of your nipples.

First, find a comfortable position and relax. Gently place your thumb and index finger on either side of your areola, the circular area around the nipple. Apply a gentle but firm pressure and compress the tissue just behind the nipple.

Now, pay attention to how your nipple responds. If your nipple remains flattened or appears to pull inwards, then you likely have flat or inverted nipples. Flat nipples do not protrude from the level of the areola and may appear more flush with the surrounding skin. Inverted nipples, on the other hand, are pulled inward, making them less visible or even hidden within the areola.

It’s important to note that flat or inverted nipples are perfectly normal and common. Many people have them and they are not a cause for concern. They can be present from birth or develop over time due to various factors such as genetics, hormonal changes, or breastfeeding.

If you have flat or inverted nipples and are planning to breastfeed, it’s still possible. While it may require some extra effort and support, babies can often latch on and breastfeed successfully with the right techniques and assistance from lactation consultants or healthcare professionals.

If you’re self-conscious about the appearance of your nipples or if you’re experiencing any discomfort or changes in your nipple shape, it’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare provider. They can provide a more thorough examination and offer guidance or treatment options if needed.

Remember, there’s a wide range of nipple shapes and sizes, and what matters most is your comfort and well-being. Embrace your unique body and know that you are perfectly normal, regardless of your nipple shape or appearance.