Breast and Nipple Size and Shape
You can breastfeed no matter what the size and shape of your breast and nipple.
Do you wonder if you can breastfeed if you have small or large breasts? Or if you have nipples that are inverted, flat, or especially large? You can breastfeed just fine, although you may need a little help at first. Visit your local WIC clinic for support.
Women of all sizes, with large or small breasts, can successfully breastfeed. The size and shape of your breasts have nothing to do with how much milk you will make. Your WIC staff can help you find the most comfortable breastfeeding position for your own size!
Nipple Shape and Size
The size and shape of your nipples do not affect your ability to breastfeed. Most babies can breastfeed no matter what mom's nipple is like.
Inverted or Flat Nipples
Some women have nipples that turn inward instead of pointing outward or that are flat and do not stick out. Generally, a woman who has flat or inverted nipples is able to breastfeed if her nipples can point outward. If your breasts are over-full with milk or engorged, your nipples can be flat for a short time.
Inverted or flat nipples can sometimes make it harder to breastfeed. But remember, for breastfeeding to work, your baby must latch on to both the nipple and the areola. That means even inverted nipples can work well. Often, flat and inverted nipples will stick out more as the baby latches over time.
Some women have very large nipples. To get your milk flowing, your baby's mouth needs to cover enough of your areola and compress your milk ducts. As your baby grows, so does your baby's mouth. Then your baby will latch more easily.
Remember, a good latch includes more than your nipple. It also includes a mouthful of breast. If you are worried your baby is not latching well because of the shape or size of your nipples, talk to your doctor or WIC breastfeeding expert. They can teach you steps to help you and your baby adjust.