Useful tips

How do you put on a nipple shield?

How do you put on a nipple shield?

Place the nipple shield centrally over the nipple, onto the breast, to help draw some of the nipple and areola into the shield. Position any ‘cut-outs’ where the baby’s chin and nose will touch the breast. Hold the nipple shield in place with your fingers on the outside edges.

Do I need to Sterilise Medela nipple shields?

Cleaning the nipple shield Generally there is no need to sterilise the nipple shield after each use. Rinse in cold water after use, then wash in hot soapy water and rinse under hot running water. Drain, dry and store in a clean covered container.

Can I boil Medela nipple shield?

Do NOT store wet or damp parts. In addition to washing, you may sanitize your nipple shield once per day by following the instructions on Medela’s Quick Clean™ Micro-Steam™ bag or boiling. Carefully drop nipple shield into boiling water, and boil for 10 minutes.

Do nipple shields help with latching?

The nipple shield is shaped like an extended nipple, and gives the baby a larger area to latch onto. Feeding through the shield helps draw the nipple out, to make it easier for baby to latch onto the breast.

Is it bad to always use a nipple shield?

A nipple shield is usually meant to be used for a short time. It might be used longer in some cases, such as with a premature baby. After that, your baby will probably be able to breastfeed without a nipple shield. But as long as your baby is gaining weight using the nipple shield, it’s OK to keep using it.

Why are nipple shields not recommended?

If it’s not worn correctly, a nipple shield could negatively affect breastfeeding. The improper use of a nipple shield could lead to a low breast milk supply, weight loss in your baby, and breast issues. A nipple shield that does not fit properly may block the flow of milk from your breasts.

Can I boil my Medela nipple shield?

How long can you use nipple shield?

Keep trying as often as you can, and give it some time. There are some reports of moms continuing to use the shield for their whole breastfeeding experience, but most moms have taken anywhere from 2 days to about 4-5 weeks to accomplish completely weaning from the shield.