Flat or inverted nipples

You can determine whether or not you have flat or inverted nipples: Gently compress your areola about three centimetres behind your nipple. A normal nipple will evert or protrude, an inverted nipple will invert or retract.

If your nipples are flat or inverted, you may use nipple formers – not to be confused with nipple shields – to try to draw out the nipple. Nipple formers are worn inside the bra, which may need to be one size bigger than usual so that the nipple formers can be worn comfortably. Nipple formers can be used during pregnancy or after birth between the baby’s feeds. Seek the advice of your midwife or lactation specialist if you suspect that you have flat or inverted nipples.