She has them, he has them, some have more than one pair of them — the nipple is a wondrous thing. How we feel about our bodies and all its working parts can be loaded, but perhaps no body part elicits quite as much mixed emotion as the breast — for both men and women. And yet, nipples are as individual as we are, with all kinds of surprising quirks up their sleeve.
Mothers are often surprised to find breastfeeding feels more awkward, complicated or painful than they were prepared for. Breastfeeding is a learned skill for mothers. Like with learning any new skill, it can take some time to get the hang of breastfeeding.
If you have flat or inverted nipples, it is possible to breastfeed — it may just be more of a challenge and require some assistance and patience. If a baby is unable to feel the nipple, this may cause frustration for mom and baby! You can check for flat or inverted nipples by performing a simple test.
Gently compress your areola the dark area around the nipple about an inch behind your nipple. If the nipple does not become erect, then it is considered to be flat. If the nipple retracts, or becomes concave, it is considered to be inverted. It should be noted, too, that true inverted or flat nipples will not become erect when stimulated or exposed to cold.
Although breastfeeding is good for you and your baby, it can be hard on your nipples! Read our advice and tips on nipple care to help keep soreness at bay. But many find the reality is rather different in the early days.
Yes, it is possible to breastfeed if you have large nipples. Women have nipples of all shapes and sizesand most of them can breastfeed just fine. It may even be easier for a healthy full-term baby to breastfeed on large nipples.
Nipples come in all shapes and sizes and not all nipples point out away from the breast. Some nipples are flat while others are inverted and pull into the breast. Or, nipples may fall somewhere in between.
Pain during breastfeeding is a sign of a problem and should not be ignored. Although sore or tender nipples are common during the first few days of breastfeeding, it should improve. Normal soreness or pain usually occurs for about a minute when the baby first latches on to the breast. Pain that is severe or continuous or that occurs again after it seemed to resolve is a sign of a problem and should be corrected.
Once your boobs are fully developed, they look and feel the best they ever will throughout your 20s and into your early 30s, so embrace them! Read up on the reassuring reasons behind breast tenderness. Besides growing larger because of hormones and all that milk, pregnancy can also alter the color of your areola it darkens and enlarge your nipples.
It's a truth universally acknowledged: most guys love breasts. Whether they're big or small, perky or slightly saggy, or real or surgically enhanced, boobs are incredibly awesome, and they're a lot of fun to play with. So you probably want to know how to play with them in a way that's pleasurable for both you and your partner.