Someone asked us:
What are the little bumps around the nipple?
It sounds like you’re talking about areolar glands, which are little bumpy marks around the areola — the dark area around the nipple. Most people notice these around their nipples by the time they’re adults, and they tend to get bigger during pregnancy in preparation for breastfeeding. If a woman is breastfeeding, these glands release moisture to keep her nipples from drying out or cracking, which can lead to irritation and infection.
Another possible function of areolar glands is to help infants find their way to breast milk – by secreting stuff that smells appetizing to newborn babies. Bodies are pretty awesome!
- Alex at Planned Parenthood