Do I have inverted nipples? Is there a way to get it corrected without surgery? (Photo)

I realized I might have inverted nipples only recently, and it didn't really bother me until I found out I might have problems breastfeeding someday. I go online and checked the different types of nipples, but I'm not sure if I have inverted nipples because there is some protrusion, but the center part of the nipple is still pulled inward. On some days, I almost lose my nipple, don't protrude more than the thickness of a q-tip. Attached are photos of my nipple after trying to "pull" them out.

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Do I have inverted nipples?

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From your photos, I don't believe you have truly inverted nipples.  You may have one or two lactiferous ducts which may be somewhat short, but this probably will not affect your ability to breastfeed.  If the shortened ducts are bothersome they can be transected, which would resolve the tethering problem.  However this procedure would require a small incision and would be considered a minor surgery.  Best wishes, Dr. Lepore.

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