Do your nipples change during and after breastfeeding?

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I had my son four years ago, and just had my daughter 5 months ago. I breast fed my son and am currently breast feeding my daughter, but just noticed my nipples and areolas are looking different, and not in a good way. Maybe it’s because I’m more observant now, but I swear they didn’t look like this before, after or during when my son was breastfeeding.


F, 35, Utah

It is not uncommon for nipples and areolas to change size, shape, and color during and after pregnancy, especially in the context of breast feeding.  The changes may be temporary, but they may not be.  I recommend waiting 6-12 months until you are done breast feeding your daughter to see how they look.  If you see no change back to how they were, you should consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss what options there are to changing their appearance.  Rest assured there are some excellent options.  Good luck!