Breastfeeding and Nipple Protectors

Nipple protectors are silicone devices that help breastfeeding mothers if their babies have trouble attaching to the breast. They have a base that wraps around your areola and a cone-shaped area for your nipple with tiny holes at the tip. You can find nipple shields at most retail stores, through your hospital or your private insurance or Medicaid, and also through federal programs such as The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Always buy new nipple shields so you don’t expose yourself or your baby to any contaminants. To make sure your nipple shield fits you well, you can stretch it and then place it over your nipple. Place the nipple protector in position and then express a few drops of milk onto the nipple shield to prevent it from rubbing against your nipple, which can restrict your milk flow.

In most cases, nipple protectors are only recommended if the mother experiences problems with breastfeeding within the first two to six days after birth (6). Using a nipple shield for longer than this may lead to nipple pain and/or lower milk production because the nipples are not being directly stimulated.

If you use a nipple protector, try to breastfeed your baby as soon as you notice he or she is ready to latch. If you have a very hard time getting your baby to attach, it can help to take a few deep breaths before trying again. If you are still having trouble, talk to your health care provider about breastfeeding support and a face-to-face or phone appointment with a lactation consultant or breastfeeding counsellor. nipple protectors

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