Do you suspect that you have inverted or flat nipples? Here are four things you should know:
1. Your ob-gyn can diagnose nipple irregularities. In fact, she'll probably look at your nipples during a routine pregnancy visit in your third trimester. But may be able to diagnose yourself as well: If you squeeze your breasts and your nipples retract toward the breast instead of pointing out, they're inverted. Flat nipples don't point out or in, they stay very flat.
2. You can still breastfeed. While latch-on is tougher if you have either of these irregularities, and inverted nipples can sometimes impede milk flow, it's still not hard to breastfeed successfully if you get some help early on.
Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; La Leche League
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