Monday 27th May 2024
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For many mothers, nipple shield breastfeeding can be the key to successful long-term breastfeeding. They provide a barrier between the nipple and baby that can help alleviate pain, discomfort and reduce the risk of plugged nipple ducts and mastitis (a painful infection of the breast tissue).

Nipple shields are often used for babies with difficult latches, as well as women who have flat or inverted nipples, which can make it more challenging to get their babies to latch on. They are also used if an issue like tongue-tie is diagnosed and all other methods of improving the latch have been exhausted.

However, if a mother uses nipple shields too early, or for an extended period of time, it can lead to problems. Babies can get used to nursing through a shield and begin to ignore the nipple. This can result in decreased milk transfer and can even lead to early weaning.

To prevent this, it is important to work with a Lactation Consultant to find the right size of nipple shield for each mother. It’s also helpful to use a nipple cream or nipple ointment to help the shield stick properly. It is recommended to place the shield on the nipple with the brim upturned. This will allow your nipple to fit deep into the nipple area of the shield and prevent it from scraping against the sides. Some moms also find that placing a small amount of already expressed milk in the end of the shield at the beginning of a feed encourages their infant to start sucking. nipple shield breastfeeding

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