Early latch-on problems are not unusual. For most mothers, breastfeeding takes a bit of practice! Most of the time, a little coaching from a skilled helper is all that is needed to get things going. For difficult or persistent latch-on problems, many breastfeeding experts suggest the temporary use of a nipple shield. It’s made of thin, soft, silicone that doesn’t interfere with nipple stimulation. Holes at the tip allow milk to flow to the baby. A nipple shield may help protect breastfeeding when:
• The baby is premature, ill, or small. A nipple shield may make feeding easier for a small or weak baby. Because suction inside the nipple shield holds the nipple in an extended position, the baby can pause without ‘losing’ the nipple. Milk pools in the tip of the shield, and provides an immediate reward when the baby resumes suckling. Research shows that the milk intake of premature infants increases when a nipple shield is used.
• The mother has flat or inverted nipples. Some new mothers have nipple tissue that is not very stretchable. If it is difficult for the baby to draw in the mother’s nipple, the baby may pull away, cry, or simply fall asleep. The Medela nipple shield provides sensation deep in the mouth that stimulates the baby to keep sucking. As the milk begins to flow, the baby discovers that breastfeeding works!
• The baby has had many bottles and now refuses the breast. Because the nipple shield feels similar to a bottle nipple, it can be used to coax a reluctant baby to accept the breast. Try this trick when the baby is not very hungry and the mother’s breasts are full. Drip a little expressed milk onto the top of the shield to moisten it. Drip milk into the corner of the baby’s mouth to reward the baby for trying. If the milk supply is low, an SNSTM taped under the shield can help provide an encouraging milk flow.
One nipple shield per pack
For latch on difficulties or flat and inverted nipples to help continue breastfeeding
Unique cut out shape allows for more skin contact between mom and baby
Made without BPA – Safe for Mom & Baby
Consult a lactation professional for assistance