Breast Health: Are Nipple Bumps Normal?

December 26, 2017
Your body’s health is important, so it’s critical to be aware of any changes in order to avoid future health problems. You might have noticed nipple bumps; did you know they're normal? Find out more below.

As a woman matures, she experiences a wide variety of changes. They can appear or disappear with time, and many may go unnoticed. Nipple bumps are one such example.

These shifts tend to occur more often in the breast area. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to any type of abnormality in this region. A common occurrence is nipple bumps. Do you know what they are? Read to learn more about them? Happy reading!

Women can experience a wide variety of changes in their breasts, including:

  • Acne
  • Sweating
  • Lumps
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity
  • Nipple bumps

While most of these don’t imply any health risk, it’s a good idea to stay informed and treat any problems before there is irreversible damage.

What exactly are nipple bumps?

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These bumps are better known as Morgagni or Montgomery tubercles, and they appear throughout the lives of both women and men.

They’re small sebaceous mammary glands located in the areola of the nipple.

What function do they perform?

Montgomery’s tubercles are known to have an antibacterial function.

They produce natural oils that control your nipple’s pH and protect your nipple from any type of infection.

They also keep your nipples lubricated and in good health.

We recommend you read: 8 habits for healthy breasts

Is it normal to have them on the nipple?

Nipple bumps

All human beings have between 4 and 28 of these tubercles located around the areola or nipple. Also, they vary in size according to each person.

When do they appear?

Moreover, nipple bumps don’t appear overnight. Indeed, they’re in the areola and nipple since the day you were born.

In addition, they may vary in size or thickness depending on the person or process they’re undergoing, like:

  • Pregnancy: they prepare your nipples from your first trimester for the production of milk for breastfeeding.
  • Hormonal changes: They protect the nipple with their natural oils.
  • Stress: Just like your facial pores, these tubercles may become more noticeable when you’re under stress.
  • Menstruation can also change your nipple bumps.

In these situations, they tend to be more noticeable to the eye and touch. However, they’re not sensitive, and they won’t cause any pain.

In the same way, when the above processes are over, the bumps return to their normal size.

Caring for your Montgomery’s tubercles

Although these features are natural, you should be careful not to affect their function and protect your nipples as much as possible.

1. Change your bra

It’s important to change your bra as soon as you notice that your breasts are growing, or that the nipple bumps are beginning to increase in size.

  • This will help you avoid any irritation or damage to the nipple.
  • Indeed, the health of your breasts is best when they’re unconstructed. Therefore, we recommend changing your bra as soon as you realize it’s too tight.

For pregnant women who notice that their nipples are more sensitive, it’s a good idea to use wireless bras for increased comfort.

2. Hygiene is fundamental

The area around your breasts usually experiences a lot of acne and sweating due to movement and temperature.

It’s important to wash this area using a neutral soap to avoid altering your mammary glands and nipple bumps.

This will not only keep the area clean and free of bacteria, but also help eliminate sweat, oil, and acne. Similarly, it will prevent the tubercles from swelling.

We recommend you read: How to avoid excessive sweating

We want to emphasize that these nipple bumps don’t indicate any danger. On the contrary, they’re strictly beneficial.

Following these tips will help you avoid any damage and maintain the good health of your breasts and nipples.

MONTAGNA, W., & YUN, J. S. (1972). THE GLANDS OF MONTGOMERY. British Journal of Dermatology.