Are inverted nipples normal when you're pregnant?
The fact that your nipples are inverting is certainly no cause for worry, nor does it mean that you will not be able to successfully breastfeed. The first thing to do is conduct a little "test" to see if your nipples are truly inverted. Place your thumb above your nipple area (areola) and your index finger below, and press them together at the base of the nipple. Your nipple should protrude; if it flattens or inverts instead, then there are some things that are recommended for you to do prior to birth
to help prepare your nipples so your baby
can "latch on."
Nipple stretching. Grasp your areola just behind the nipple with your thumb and fingers, draw the nipple out, and then release. You can also roll your nipple between your thumb and fingers while the tissue is stretched; or place your thumbs at three and nine o'clock positions at the edge of your areola and gradually stretch the skin and nipple by pressing and moving your thumbs away from each other.
Breast shells. These are two-piece plastic dome-shaped cups that can be placed over the areola to draw out the nipple. They exert continuous, gentle pressure on the areola and cause the nipple to protrude through an opening in the inner plastic ring. The cups are worn under your bra for an hour or two each day in the last few weeks of pregnancy
A word of caution in regard to any nipple-stretching techniques: Be alert to whether stimulation of the nipples is causing uterine contractions. If you have any concerns, discontinue nipple stimulation immediately to prevent preterm labor. Be sure to discuss these techniques with your care provider as well so that he or she can be aware and give any further suggestions.