Do small breasts have adequate breastmilk? Can I breastfeed successfully if I have a flat or inverted nipple?

Do small breasts have adequate breastmilk? Can I breastfeed successfully if I have a flat or inverted nipple?

The size of breasts varies because of the different fat content in the breast. However, the number of mammalian glands for producing breastmilk is basically the same in every mother. Therefore, if the baby suckles properly and is fed on demand, the amount of breastmilk produced should be adequate.

Mothers with flat or inverted nipples can also breastfeed. In fact, the most important factor for a baby to suckle well is the elasticity of the nipple and areola, rather than the nipple’s size. If a baby suckles properly, draws the nipple and majority of the areola into her mouth and not just the nipple. Therefore, the shape of the nipple does not affect breastfeeding. Under the influence of the pregnancy hormones, the elasticity of the breast tissues increases naturally. Breast massage or sucking out the nipple deliberately is not needed. When your baby suckles properly, your nipple will be elongated. On the other hand, improper suckling may cause nipple pain or even hurt the nipple. Your baby may take some time to get use to suckling a flat or inverted nipple. With practice and guidance from healthcare professionals, most babies can learn how to suckle properly. It would be better if you could start breastfeeding soon after birth and seek for professional guidance whenever necessary.