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4 Solutions to My Elongated Nipples

Nipples come in different colors, shapes and sizes - flat, inverted, or protruding. I always had protruding nipples, and breastfeeding caused them to elongate.

 

What Caused My Elongated Nipples?

 

While breastfeeding, the nipple is pulled from the front pallet (roof of the mouth) to the back pallet. 

 

This video by the Global Health Media Project is a great depiction of what’s happening.

 

 

I’ve been breastfeeding for 7 years, so all that movement led to extremely stretched nipples.

 

Here are four solutions to some of the issues I face as a mom with long nipples...

 

1. Very Visible Through Clothing

 

 

Because they are so long, my nipples are very visible through my clothing. Even if I wear a sweatshirt (or any other thick fabric), my nipples can be seen.

 

Solution: wear a padded bra. Ruffles, decorative or dark tops may be better solutions for moms like me that prefer to be braless.

 

2. They Get Caught On Things

 

Because my children are always under me, sometimes my nipple gets caught under them.

 

It’s kind of hard to explain. I equate it to having long hair and having it get caught on things.

 

Solution: wear shirts that your breasts can’t fall out of (spaghetti strap shirts and crop tops are the biggest culprits).

 

3. They Brush Up On Things

 

My nipples are super sensitive and brush up on things which are especially painful during pregnancy.

 

Solution: avoid being topless, hugs, your husband and children -- just joking. It is important to be open with your loved ones about how sensitive your body is.

 

4. They Point In Different Directions, Including Downward

 

Because my nipples protrude and have free range, they often seem like they are all over the place.

 

Solution: nipples can always be adjusted. If you notice them wandering off, just lift them up and reposition them.

 

Are Elongated Nipples Permanent?

 

I don’t think so, but I’ll keep you updated. 

 

Since I’ve been breastfeeding consecutively for years, my nipples have not had a break from the demands of breastfeeding, so they have remained in a somewhat elongated state.

 

However, I have asked other breastfeeding moms, who said their breasts returned to normal after weaning their children.

 

Are Your Nipples Unattractive?

 

I don’t think so - I’m still proud of them, because they look pretty healthy to me.

 

Do you have protruding nipples? What changes have you noticed on your breastfeeding journey? What solutions would you suggest to nipple problems?

 

Until next time.

 

Love Thyself,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Need Help Breastfeeding?

 

Check Out These Videos...

 

Global Health Media Projects and Nurturing Mums are super helpful in teaching you how to breastfeed.

 

Get Inspired!

 

Follow @sacredbirthdoula on Instagram. She reminded me of the true POWER of motherhood.

 

Set Goals!

 

I truly believe we have the answers to our own problems, so when we write our goals down they later help us self-motivate.

 

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The Boston Breastfeeding Coalition is an amazing collective of local womyn and families.

 

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More Resources For Your Journey ...

 

Glass Water Bottle

 

This bottle comes with a straw making it easier to drink large quantities. It’s also durable, easy to clean and wrapped with a silicone grip.

 

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Our favorite cash back credit card while we breastfeed. You must pay the ENTIRE balance every month to truly reap the rewards. Use my code and we both get a nice reward.

 

Start Your Own Blog!

 

I prefer to read content from individuals with lived experience. Hence, my dream is for you to start your own blog too!

 

Did You Know?

 

When I get emails, I turn them into blog posts to share the answers with our audience. If you have a question you think others would benefit from, please shoot me an email.

 

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