Breast Health: Are Nipple Bumps Normal?

November 13, 2019
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, or Morgagni tubercles, are one such example. They are sebaceous glands that aren’t usually a cause for concern. However, if you would like more assurance on the matter then you should make an appointment with your doctor.

You have probably noticed small pimples on the nipple that may slightly change their characteristics over time. Are they harmless? Why do they appear? First of all, we want to tell you that there’s no immediate cause for concern.

Let’s read more about it.

A woman experiences a variety of changes in their development. They may appear or disappear over time, many times without them even noticing. These variations are usually more frequent in the breast area. That’s why you need to pay particular attention to any type of abnormality such as:

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. So, if you’ve ever wondered why nipple bumps appear then read on and you’ll find the answers!

«The tubercles of Morgagni or Montgomery tubers are various small, soft nodules located on the surface of the areolas on a woman’s nipple. They consist of large sebaceous glands immediately below the areolar surface »

–Mosby Dictionary–

What exactly are nipple bumps?

These bumps are better known as Morgagni or Montgomery tubercles, and are small sebaceous mammary glands located in the areola of the nipple.

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?

Yes, it’s perfectly normal. All women are born with between 4 and 28 of these tubercles. In addition, they may vary in size or thickness depending on the person or process they’re undergoing, like:

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.

Treatment of 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, your breasts will be adversely affected if they are squeezed in any way. Therefore, we recommend changing your bra as soon as you realize it’s too tight.

Pregnant women usually have more sensitive breasts and nipples, and so it’s a good idea to use strapless or wireless bras for increased comfort.

A woman adjusting her bra.

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. You should also use a good hydrating cream to keep your skin in good condition and to prevent it drying out.

We recommend you read: How to avoid excessive sweating

We want to emphasize that these nipple bumps aren’t dangerous in any way, in fact they only being benefits to your body.

  • Diccionario Mosby – Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999.