Inverted nipple; Nipple discharge; Breast feeding - nipple changes; Breastfeeding - nipple changes
Learning about skin and nipple changes during breastfeeding can help take care of yourself and know when to see a health care provider.
Notice Changes in Your Breasts and Nipples
Changes in your breasts and nipples may include:
Take Care of Your Nipples
Your nipples naturally make a lubricant to prevent drying, cracking, or infections. To keep your nipples healthy:
When to Call the Doctor
Call your provider if you notice:
Your provider will talk to you about your medical history and the recent changes you have noticed in your breasts and nipples. Your provider will also do a breast exam and may suggest that you see a dermatologist or breast specialist.
You may have these tests done:
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Review Date: 9/25/2018
Reviewed By: John D. Jacobson, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda Center for Fertility, Loma Linda, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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