Nursing Aids-Nipple Shields

Breast shields are wonderful tools in certain situations. In a case of flat or inverted nipples, it may be all the baby needs to have a nipple to latch on to, and in the process, it helps pull the mother's nipple out and works to correct the problem while keeping the baby at the breast. Caution! It is best to have a Lactation Consultant working with a mother who uses breast shields in order to prevent problems from arising. If the shield is used as protection for sore nipples, the cause of the soreness should be determined and corrected. The majority of the time, sore nipples are caused by improper positioning at the breast, or by something going on in the baby's mouth. If a nipple shield is used as a band-aid in these situations, the cause of the problem should be corrected simultaneously. Weaning from the shield is another issue. Current breastfeeding literature indicates that an average of three weeks is needed. Some of the older books and articles may recommend trimming a little material off the shield each day to trick the baby into getting back to the un-shielded nipple. This may have worked with the old latex shields, but trimming the newer silicone material all the companies now use may cause a sharp edge, which can cut a baby's mouth. Product tampering is usually not a good idea. A better way is to slowly delete its use. When babies are asleep they frequently do not notice the shield's absence. Slipping it off half way through a feed can work also. Problems with your babies weight gain or dehydration may indicate a more serious suckling problem, which should be checked by a Lactation Consultant immediately. This one small tool can save a large investment in other gadgets, which may not be necessary in many situations.


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Ameda Nipple Shields Now - 50% off

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Avent Nipple Shield NOW 10% OFF!

This shield has the firmest silicone nipple - which may be good in situations where just having something to grasp on to is the issue. The new design has a cut out on two sides so it won't flip up over the baby's nose in use and they can still smell the breast. The small size has returned which is what I recommend for newborns so they don't just end up with a mouth full of silicone! Box of 2. WAS $8.00 - NOW $7.20

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Medela Contact Nipple Shield

This style, called the Contact Nipple Shield does just what the name implies. It provides more skin-to-skin contact with an open section on one side of the shield. Sometimes the side of the old style shield will flip up over the nose of the baby. The baby can also smell mom better. It has medium firmness and comes in three sizes. The extra small size is shorter in depth also. I find this size works better on newborns. The standard size is generally too big for them and they just end up with a mouth full of silicone. The small size is great for a few weeks after the newborn but not quite weaned off yet. If they are still needing a nipple shield after 3-4 weeks the standard size is appropriate then. They all have four good-sized holes in the tip. If you need help in weaning off of the shield give us a call and talk to our Lactation Consultant. Do not tamper with the product like cutting it down slowly. This can cause sharp edges that can cut baby's tongue. They can only be returned if the packaging is completely intack and sealed.

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Medela Contact Nipple Shield

This style, called the Contact Nipple Shield does just what the name implies. It provides more skin-to-skin contact with an open section on one side of the shield. Sometimes the side of the old style shield will flip up over the nose of the baby. The baby can also smell mom better. It has medium firmness and comes in three sizes. The extra small size is shorter in depth also. I find this size works better on newborns. The standard size is generally too big for them and they just end up with a mouth full of silicone. The small size is great for a few weeks after the newborn but not quite weaned off yet. If they are still needing a nipple shield after 3-4 weeks the standard size is appropriate then. They all have four good-sized holes in the tip. If you need help in weaning off of the shield give us a call and talk to our Lactation Consultant. Do not tamper with the product like cutting it down slowly. This can cause sharp edges that can cut baby's tongue. They can only be returned if the packaging is completely intack and sealed.

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Medela_contactnippleshield

Medela Contact Nipple Shield

This style, called the Contact Nipple Shield does just what the name implies. It provides more skin-to-skin contact with an open section on one side of the shield. Sometimes the side of the old style shield will flip up over the nose of the baby. The baby can also smell mom better. It has medium firmness and comes in three sizes. The extra small size is shorter in depth also. I find this size works better on newborns. The standard size is generally too big for them and they just end up with a mouth full of silicone. The small size is great for a few weeks after the newborn but not quite weaned off yet. If they are still needing a nipple shield after 3-4 weeks the standard size is appropriate then. They all have four good-sized holes in the tip. If you need help in weaning off of the shield give us a call and talk to our Lactation Consultant. Do not tamper with the product like cutting it down slowly. This can cause sharp edges that can cut baby's tongue. They can only be returned if the packaging is completely intack and sealed.

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