Why do men have nipples even if we can't breastfeed?

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  1. jpcmc profile image86
    jpcmcposted 9 years ago

    Why do men have nipples even if we can't breastfeed?

  2. ptosis profile image72
    ptosisposted 9 years ago


    Men CAN breastfeed - it's only the Testosterone that stifles giving milk.

  3. TheSloneGal profile image59
    TheSloneGalposted 9 years ago

    At one time it was men that fed the babies so that is what I read a long time ago then they started not doing it so much so they began to lose the ability to produce milk I have also heard that if a mans nipples are sucked on enough he will begin to produce small amounts of milk i have not a clue never want to find that one out either just what i read

  4. kiaraxxwriterxx profile image61
    kiaraxxwriterxxposted 9 years ago

    Lol, hard question, good luck with your answers. (:

  5. djsm2011 profile image61
    djsm2011posted 9 years ago

    TheSloneGal & ptosis are both correct.  Good answers without going into so much detail.

  6. profile image50
    womanthatwritesposted 9 years ago

    All mammals male or female have nipples.  But for the most part, the males of the different mammal species, while they can produce a sort of gluey substance lack the anatomy to actually produce milk for a baby. Just having the show of nipples alone is not enough.  In fact the female and male anatomy in that area are completely different. Men simply do not have the glands or the proper constitution to produce milk.  I believe that nipples are a mammal feature, like hair, warm blood and other characteristics that define mammals.  I mean, fish certainly don't have them, neither do chickens nor insects. nipples are just another definitive feature of mammals.  Also, I believe that nipples on men are more for protection for the male, they are sensitive in an area where things need to be sensitive considering the important organs that are located there.  Men's nipples are not for producing milk but they are there as sensitive parts of the skin that slightly protrude from the rest of the skin in that area.

  7. profile image53
    lili 3344posted 9 years ago

    I am a believer and wouldn't question about God's creation...  smile..I just pray he blesses both nipples.

  8. jacobsterling profile image58
    jacobsterlingposted 9 years ago

    search this word in wikipedia "Male lactation" this is my answer hahaha...

  9. flowmeter profile image60
    flowmeterposted 9 years ago

    They are an erogenous zone and have other benefits that probably can't be mentioned here

  10. Levertis Steele profile image85
    Levertis Steeleposted 9 years ago

    The male nipples were not designed to breastfeed. They are members of his body just as hair, appendix, toes, or any other part that may not serve the greatest of purposes. If he did not have them, he would feel lacking.

  11. DadKnowsbest profile image76
    DadKnowsbestposted 3 years ago

    Male and female embryos develop identically in early stages and the formations of nipples happens early in the formation process, before the gender specific process takes place.


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