Re: Thrush? Or something else?
Yes, nipple shape can vary tremendously among women! It's something I wish I had known prior to nursing my first baby, but we live in a society that covers breasts so assiduously that I think it's rare for a woman to realize just how much variety there is in nipple shape/size/color/etc.
Nipples general come in 3 varieties:
- Erect or everted. Rarely or never entirely flush with the skin of the areola.
- Flat or semi-flat (short). Frequently flush with the skin of the areola.
- Inverted. Nipple retracts into the breast when stimulated. This is generally the most problematic type of nipple for a breastfeeding mom, as it may be hard for the baby to latch, and because inverted nipples have the hardest time reaching the "sweet spot" at the back of the baby's tongue and are therefore more vulnerable to trauma.
It is possible to nurse with any of the 3 types of nipples. And the best treatment for short or inverted nipples is nursing, since constant use helps break the adhesions under the skin which hold the nipples down. I started nursing with flat/short nipples and had a great deal of trouble in part because they were so short. But after about a year of nursing, I noticed that my nipples were erect/everted all the time.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"