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Types of nipple for breastfeeding


Sometimes the new mother despairs because her son cannot hold onto the chest and suck correctly. Breastfeeding is not without complications. One of them is the shape of the mother's nipple. There are circumstances that make breastfeeding a difficult and painful option.

There are five types of nipple:

1. The normal nipple: the nipple is said to be normal when protrudes a few millimeters from the areola in its normal state and increases without problems for example before a change in temperature or touch manipulation.

2. The flat nipple: They are sometimes mistaken for the areola, but they do react to stimulation and can become normal during breastfeeding. Its only peculiarity is that it is shorter than usual.

3. The inverted nipple: these nipples have a dimpled appearance as they are sunk. They can be removed by surgery. However, if the milk ducts are restricted, it will make breastfeeding impossible. There are different degrees of inverted nipples. In the first degree the obstruction of the milk ducts is very small, which makes it possible for the baby to breastfeed. These cases are known as pseudo-inverted nipples. Second grade creates difficulties when it comes to choosing breastfeeding. And there is talk of a third degree inverted nipple when breastfeeding is impossible.

4. Puffy nipples: They are very similar to flat nipples. They are nipples that can protrude with handling but that immediately retract again, which presents problems during breastfeeding.

5. One-sided nipples: It occurs when one of the nipples is inverted and the other is not.

If you have doubts about whether you have an inverted or pseudo inverted nipple, you can do this test: press the areola area with your fingers gently about 3 cm behind the nipple. If the nipple remains sunken, it is a first degree inverted nipple.

If when pressing the areola area it increases slightly, stays in the same line of the areola or protrudes a little above it, you have a pseudo-inverted nipple.

The type of nipple it does not have to be decisive when breastfeeding the baby, although it can create problems and in certain cases make breastfeeding very complicated. For example, in the case of big nipple (12 to 23 mm), it can rub against the child's palate and cause gagging.

Or in the case of a pseudo-inverted or flat nipple, the baby may have serious difficulties latching onto the breast. For this there are nipple shields, which are also used when the mother suffers the pain of cracked nipples, although many children reject them.

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