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Tashi
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This seems like a silly question to ask, and one that I should know the answer to, but sadly I don't.

What do (female) nipples typically look like "at rest?" i.e. when not aroused or erect from cold? I've tried to find pictures, but I don't know the conditions under which the photos were taken, if the woman was cold or what. So it's a bit hard to judge.

Personally, my nipples always tend to have a sort of "puffier" look to them in a normal situation. The areola and nipple are sort of the same area, the nipples don't really protrude independently.

Based on this chart (http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/patientcare/healthcare_services/breast_health/normal_breast_development/pages/index.aspx) it sounds like my own breasts/nipples are still around stage 4.

I'm 18, so for the most part I'm done with major developments. It wouldn't bother me at all really, if my own breasts/nipples weren't quite done developing, but I've always wondered if it's that, or if my own nipples are simply this way and I'm done developing.

Thanks!

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As you're probably aware, everyone's bodies are different. Some women's nipples protrude a lot, some don't protrude much at all, and lots are in the middle somewhere. So it'll certainly be hard to find a picture of someone's nipples that exactly match yours; unless of course it's a picture of your own nipples! [Smile]

If there have been no health/medical problems with your nipples, it's safe to say that they're totally healthy and perfectly fine and that this is just how yours are. It's also hard to tell whether you're completely done developing, as everyone finished puberty at slightly different times, but it's very likely that there won't be any more major changes for you and that this is very close to what your adult body looks like [Smile]

Have you read this article yet?
Abreast: The Basics of Boobies

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I've read the article before, and it doesn't really deal with nipples as much as breasts as a whole.

As I said, my breasts seem to be still in the 4th stage, where the areola and nipple are a separate mound from the breast - my areola isn't flattened out to become a part of the rest of my breast - but it doesn't bother me at all or cause any problems, I've just been curious if I was done developing or not. [Wink]

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Also - I've looked at this site before (http://www.007b.com) which certainly helped a few years ago when I thought my breasts/nipples were "wrong" somehow, since the pictures show pretty much any sort of breast size and shape. After flipping through the galleries, I have run across women who seem to have similar nipples to mine, so I'm not alone. =)
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Acutally...I was just doing some more looking around online, and it is actually looking like I may have inverted nipples. I always thought having little dents/crevices in the nipple was normal. Well, it's normal for me anyways. [Smile]
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Inverted nipples certainly are a normal variation, so if you do have them, you're right in that there's still nothing to worry about [Smile]
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Women with inverted nipples tend to have them "pop out" once pregnant, right? Granted, this is quite a few years in the future, but since I plan on having a family, I hope inverted nipples won't inhibit breastfeeding or anything. Or is it possible to breastfeed with inverted nipples as they are?
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It really depends on just how inverted your nipples are, on how they've formed, basically just on your particular body. Thus the best person to ask would probably be your doctor or OB/GYN (do you have one?), as they can actually examine you and will know more about your individual body than we do [Big Grin]
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I don't have an OB/GYN yet, but I imagine I will be paying one a visit soon, since I'm going to be starting to have sexual intercourse in the next few months, if all goes according to plan. =) Thanks for the help though!
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No problem! Good luck [Smile]
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Women with inverted nipples really dont have any disadvantage. The only purpose for nipples is to feed the young. When it becomes the time when you need to breast feed, your doctor will most likely give you a small piece of plastic with a plastic nipple for the baby to suck from. The suction from the infant will actually create suction on your nipple and will allow the infant to breastfeed normally. During my OG/GYN round in school, I hedlp a mother use this device for the frist time.
As far as them changing when you are pregnant, the surge in hormones may help develop your nipples more.
Hope this helps!

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