Normal Nipple Photos

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Nipple Pictures Gallery

Many women worry if their nipple looks funny or odd or is inverted.  These pictures are here to let you see some of the normal variations in nipple shape and areola size/shape.  There are lots of variations as you can see!

If you worry about those 'funny bumps' on the areola, those are supposed to be there; they are called Montgomery glands, and can be about unnoticeable, OR stand out as darker spots on the areola.

If your nipples are not constantly erect (in other words they're flat), rest assured, that is perfectly normal too, and very common especially among young people. Typically the nipple can 'firm up' or become erect when stimulated by cold, or a clothing, or rubbing. For most women with flat or inverted nipples, they do revert (poke out) during pregnancy as the skin elasticity changes.

Women who have not been pregnant
young woman's nipple
She has small areola.
montgomery glands
The 'bumps' on the areola are called Montgomery glands.
nipple with hair near it
Look closely and you'll see some hairs on the areola and near its edge

She's in her early twenties.
nipple on tubular breast
Tubular breast - large areola
Women who have been pregnant

A 50-year old woman's nipple.
large areola
She has large areola.
visible vein in areola
You can see the bulging vein on the areola
nipple picture where you can see stretch marks on the breast too
Nipple of a woman who has stretch marks on her breasts
veins on breasts
Veins visible on the breasts

Different shape nipple - drooping/asymmetrically

Nipple with no areola
areola not symmetrical
Nipple where the areola is asymmetrical shape

Here's a wrinkly areola because of cold. Lactating pregnant woman.
montgomery glands showing on an areola of a pregnant woman
Same nipple as on the left; now Montgomery glands showing well on the areola
veins showing on a large areola of a nursing mom
Veins showing on a large areola of a nursing mom.

I'm 25 years old and I have two kids but never breast feed.

My bra size is a "C"



Pregnant moms may be concerned about so-called flat or inverted nipples.  None of these photos is picturing an "inverted nipple".  You can find pictures of inverted/flat nipples on the following web pages:

Flat or inverted nipples - pictures included

Breast and Nipple Assessment from Lactation Consultant Services


The following websites have more information on inverted nipples:

My nipples don't stick out as much as I think they should. Will I be able to breastfeed successfully?

Nipple problems


Flat or Inverted Nipples

How can I correct my inverted nipples?

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Disclaimer: Information here is not medical advice. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease, nor to replace the advice you could get from a health professional. If you are in doubt, please see a doctor (or several). So if you're in doubt, and especially if you have some other symptoms, please see a doctor.