Q: I have inverted nipples. Will I be able to feed my baby?
A: Many women with inverted or flat nipples are able to nurse with great success. In fact, this may not even be a concern for you when it comes time to breastfeed, as changes that occur in your breasts contour during pregnancy may positively affect the shape of your nipples. Also, remember that your baby will be latching on to the areola (the dark skin circling the nipple)and not just the nipple itself, so inverted nipples may not be as much of a worry as you think.
If you still have concerns closer to your due date, consult a lactation consultant or La Leche League International. There are several ways to help draw out the nipple, including using breast shells and breast pumps. For more information, visit www.ilca.org or www.lalecheleague.org.