American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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one year ago

Inverted nipple repair breastfeeding problems

I had inverted nipple repair surgery 10 years ago and wasn’t told that it would affect me being able to breastfeed. Now that I have a baby my body is producing milk but it won’t flow out. Is there a procedure that I can have done to reattach the ducts?

Procedure: General Reconstruction
Location: Nashville, TN

Replies 3

Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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No. If you are unable to breastfeed there is not a surgery to reattach the ducts. The reason your nipple was inverted was because the ducts were foreshortened. To repair the inverted nipple the ducts have to be divided and thus disconnected. I am sorry you are unable to breastfeed, but that is a consequence of having any inverted nipple repair.

Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question. Unfortunately there is no corrective surgery that can allow for your milk ducts to be reconnected.

Adolfo Sesto
ASPS Int. Surgeon

Hello. Sorry to say but it is always a possibility of being unable to breast feed after a surgical correction of inverted nipple. There is no way to avoid this condition. You should talk to your ginecologist to medically dry the milk within the breasts.


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