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I am concerned about my nipple size as a teenager, and they are quite flat. My concern is whether I'll be able to nurse my child in the future.
Nipples come in different sizes, shapes, and colors! But it is more the function of the nipple that is the most important to breastfeeding. Nipples can protrude with exposure to cold, during sexual stimulation, or during your pregnancy. If you experience these changes, your nipples may not be truly flat. In general, flat nipples do not interfere with breastfeeding. As long as the baby latches properly to the breast, they can draw the nipples out. A proper latch is one where the child takes the nipple, and the entire areola into their mouths in order to stimulate milk let down. Breastfeeding is often not intuitive for first time moms, so be sure to seek support early if you run into trouble to maximize your chances of success. Additionally, when the time comes you can always speak with a lactation consultant for individualized guidance!