There are different variations of nipples, such as normal, flat and inverted. Before your baby is born, it is helpful to know what type of nipples you have.

 If your baby is able to take in a good mouthful of breast, it is likely that there will not be any complications due to the type of nipples you have. However, flat or inverted nipples are less easy for your baby to latch on to.

To determine whether you have flat or inverted nipples, gently compress your areola three centimetres behind your nipple. The nipple will evert or protrude; an inverted nipple will invert or retract.

If your nipples are flat or inverted, you can use Medela Nipple Formers. They draw out the nipple and can be used during pregnancy or after birth. Formers are worn inside the bra, which may need to be one size larger than normal to accommodate them.

If you have any questions relating to the shape of your nipples, ask your health professional or lactation consultant.