Can I fix Inverted Nipples and still breastfeed?

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If I fix my inverted nipples will I still be able to breastfeed? I highly support the benefits of breast-feeding so I want to make sure that I am all set for doing it? If I will not be able to breast-feed then I will most likely not go through the procedure. Who should I talk to and what should I do to make sure I make the right decision here?

wendywilt

F, 32, Virginia

This is a tricky question because it’s all based on the level of inverted nipples that you have. There are two techniques used to correct inverted nipples which are the stretching or dividing techniques. This is why it’s important to discuss with your cosmetic surgeon on which one would be best suited to what you need. The stretching technique still allows your milk ducts to be intact so you should be able to breastfeed as normal. This could decrease the amount of milk you make regularly but there are ways to increase the milk supply and lots of mothers feed just fine without their full amount of milk. However if you have a severe case of inverted nipples then you may need to do the dividing technique where the ducts will be cut and breastfeeding will be practically impossible. If you’re looking at getting the dividing technique done, the surgeon might suggest waiting until after you’ve had your family before doing the surgery.

I've had inverted nipples my entire life. While they haven't caused me any real problems, I would still like to have them corrected. At some point, I want to have children and having the ability to breastfeed is very important. I'm willing to live with having inverted nipples if correcting the issue means I can't breastfeed.

I had a consultation with a doctor and asked if I would be able to breastfeed after the procedure. She told me that maintaining the ability to breastfeed would depend on the surgical method used and the severity of my situation. During my examination, I was told that I have a mild case. My physician said that she could use the stretching technique to correct my issue. The stretching technique would keep my milk ducts intact and allow me to breastfeed. People with severe cases will not be able to breastfeed. I decided to undergo the procedure. It was an outpatient procedure that took less than two hours to complete. 

I was able to breastfeed my daughter after I got my inverted nipple fixed, but that was because I had the surgery that did not split my milk ducts. During my consultation, my doctor told me that there were three types of inverted nipples. Two of the types could be fixed by a stretching technique (this is the one I fell under), while the third type requires a process that involves the milk ducts being divided. If you want to find out which surgery you would fall under, I would suggest going in for a consultation with a doctor at a local clinic. They were very friendly and professional when I made my first appointment – they made me feel very comfortable when we talked about my embarrassing secret. If there isn’t a clinic around, maybe your regular doctor could steer you in the right direction.

I am a mother and huge proponent of breastfeeding too, so I understand how you feel. Unfortunately, repairing your inverted nipples could hinder your ability to breastfeed. During my initial consultation with my plastic surgeon, she said that inverted nipple surgery requires cutting of tissue bands between your nipples and breasts. As a result, breast milk can’t flow from your lactiferous glands on up to your nipples. My doctor recommended that I wait until I have birthed and breastfed all of my children before having the inverted nipple surgery. I would advise you to talk to a surgeon to learn more about the inverted nipple repair procedure and ask if the procedure is right for you.

I had surgery to fix my inverted nipple (yes, I just had one that was inside out!) and the doctor warned me about breastfeeding. You do put yourself at risk of not being able to breastfeed after having inverted nipple repair surgery done. There can be complications such as infections or the structure of your nipple might need reconstruction that would affect your milk ducts. Since I was having just one fixed, I figured I was good! But in your case, if you are really worried about breastfeeding you should get a consultation with a well-qualified cosmetic surgeon. I have read that breastfeeding with inverted nipples can be difficult but it’s not impossible. You could wait until after you have babies to get the surgery.

My right nipple was inverted, and when I had surgery on it, they explained that some of the milk ducts might be severed while fixing the nipple. Once I got pregnant, I was pretty worried that the surgery would affect my ability to breastfeed. It does seem like it's a little more difficult to breastfeed on the right side where I had nipple surgery. Of course this was just my experience, and every case is different. If you are concerned about it, it's probably a good idea to schedule an appointment with a plastic surgeon. They should be able to explain the procedure more thoroughly to you and provide information about how it will affect breastfeeding.