Have you been experiencing nipple tenderness? Sore or tender nipples range from unpleasant to straight out painful. And even if your symptoms are on the milder side of the spectrum, they can be worrisome. Below are 10 of the most common causes of nipple tenderness and what you can do about it.
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But sometimes nipple sensitivity is less yes yes yes and more Andy-from- The — Office. Minkin says. For example, she says that breasts and thereby nipples can become more sensitive during various points of the menstrual cycle as your hormones fluctuate. Dweck adds. Various issues related to pregnancy and nursing can also lead to nipple sensitivity.
This body part was designed to achieve the singular goal of feeding tiny humans, after all. In an ideal world, breastfeeding would be simple, or at least not painful. Unfortunately, for lots of women it can be the exact opposite. Sure, some women sail through breastfeeding with no issues, and in the long run, your nipples are generally going to be just fine, Leigh Anne O'Connor , board-certified lactation consultant and La Leche League leader, tells SELF.
Keep reading to learn which seemingly weird nipple things are actually pretty run-of-the-mill and which are a sign you should check with your doctor. Sometimes people think the entire pink or brown part of your boobs is your nipples but actually, your nipples are just the center part of the dark area—yep, where milk comes out if you breastfeed, according to the Cleveland Clinic. The dark skin surrounding the nipples, on the other hand, is called the areola, and it has glands called Montgomery glands that secrete fluid to aid in breastfeeding.