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The size of the areola can vary widely from woman to woman. A normal areola can be small, average, or large. It may even grow a bit and become darker during pregnancy.
And while a small areola is just as normal as a large one, it’s important to pay attention to the size of your areola when you’re breastfeeding. Your breasts and nipples may grow considerably, and your areolas may darken. Your breasts should return to their previous state once you stop producing breast milk. Yes, you read that correctly. While breast pumps are usually used for extracting breast milk from a woman’s breasts who is currently breastfeeding a baby, in some cases, they resulted in changes to the breast, nipple, and areola.
The suction that is caused by the breast pumps can cause the areola to increase in size and even darken in color. The Areola tissue helps support the nipple and to also make the nipple much more visible. When a baby is born it has very poor eyesight. The size of the areola helps the baby find the nipple when breastfeeding. This is also why the areolas darken during pregnancy.
2. Your Areola Gets Bigger. Your breasts change size throughout your menstrual cycle, dictated by your hormone levels. This is totally natural, and as your breasts change size, so may your areolae.
It’s also unique to your body, and no two sets are the same. The average areola is 4 centimeters in diameter, but some are much smaller and some are much bigger. It. What about nipple size and shape?
For moms dealing with engorgement and latch-on issues, nipple size and shape could have an effect. Babies may find it difficult to latch on to large, flat, or inverted nipples. But not to worry, you and your baby will get used to making it work over time.
The size and shape of your breasts have nothing to do with how much milk you will make. Your WIC staff can help you find the most comfortable breastfeeding position for your own size! Nipple Shape and Size. The size and shape of your nipples do not affect your ability to breastfeed.
Most babies can breastfeed no matter what mom’s nipple is like. To answer your question though, pregnancies, hormones, genes, breast fullness, sun/tanning light exposure, sheer luck, and sometimes breast size can effect the size and color of the areola. I’ve seen mamas with let’s say a 32A with most of the breast being areola. Nipple size does not affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed, new research suggests. Areola width differs substantially between women, a study found.
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List of related literature:
|from Counseling the Nursing Mother|
|from Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide|
|from Mosby’s Guide to Physical Examination E-Book|
|from Foundations of Maternal-Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing E-Book|
|from Williams Textbook of Endocrinology E-Book|
|from Creasy and Resnik’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice|
|from Scientific Foundations and Principles of Practice in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation E-Book|
|from For Women Only!: Your Guide to Health Empowerment|
|from Manual of Obstetrics E-book|
|from Williams Textbook of Endocrinology|