Can Your Nipples Shrink After Sizing Down?
Surprise by the question? You will be more surprised to find out that the answer is yes, nipples shrink.
The reason is even more surprising. I have blogged about the importance of proper sizing, dips in milk supply after sizing down and now a new topic to bring to your attention, nipples shrinking after sizing down. So let’s start from the beginning. You initially came to me for a sizing consultation because you were having issues with your standard 28/24mm flanges. They hurt, you had a nipple ripple, discoloration, cracks that left you bleeding, constantly sore, and you couldn’t fully empty your breasts. After sizing down you were understandably frightened by the dip in supply but you followed my instructions and were able to properly transition into the new size I recommended. It has now been a few days and all of a sudden your nipples are feeling pinchy while you pump. What’s going on? Your nipples are no longer swollen and they have had time to relax and heal. Think about the weeks even months you spent using larger flanges. During that time you were continually sucking in your areola and swelling your nipples two or three times its normal size. Now that you sized down you are giving your nipples a break, which, in just a few short days you could become smaller, even three sizes smaller! These are the simple but very technical reasons why my consultations are one week, or longer depending on the package, and I provide two re-sizings through the week of your consultation to make sure that you are able to pump in comfort and empty properly.
If you haven’t already had a consultation, I encourage you to do so. I will be with you every step of the way to provide assistance, take the guess work out of sizing and take the stress off of you. For more information on how to find your ideal size flange for your pump, please book on my website.