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Nipple Shield Dos and Don'ts

Whatever your reason for using a nipple shield, the goal is always the same – To extend or give you the ability to breastfeed baby without having to introduce a bottle. If you’re new to the idea of using a nipple shield or struggling in some way, we’re glad you found Back to Mom. We’d like to share some simple Do’s and Don’ts: Dos: Work with a lactation consultant so they can show you how to properly latch baby on the shield. A poor latch on the shield can re-enforce suckling problems or poor latching problems and even make them worse. Monitor your baby to make sure they are getting enough milk by tracking wet and soiled diapers. Make sure...

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How to Choose the Right Size Nipple Shield

Is your nipple shield the right size? Needing the correct size nipple shield to feed your baby is just like needing the right size shoes to run. And let’s face it, breastfeeding is a marathon, not a sprint so a wrong fit can make a huge difference through all that use. If you don’t have the right size, not only are your baby’s efforts to get milk not as effective as they can be but it can leave you feeling uncomfortable and sore. The correct size nipple shield will allow you to effectively and comfortably feed your baby. This leads to increased milk supply and a happy baby. Did you know that your nipples can change size throughout your breastfeeding...

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The Fastest Way to Wean Off Nipple Shields

LET'S BE HONEST, nipple shields get a bad rep sometimes and many sites warn against them. They can be a great tool because they allow mother and baby to continue their breastfeeding journey where otherwise it would have ended. They clearly work because they’ve been around for decades though they have come a long way from the old metal and glass versions. Whatever reason a mother starts using a nipple shield, it’s usually meant for temporary use. Nipple shields can be fiddly and messy and are an extra thing your sleep-deprived mom brain has to remember to take everywhere you go. They require cleaning and sanitizing regularly and are sometimes awkward to use when nursing in public. Nipple shields can...

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Nipple Shield Pros and Cons

So many sites warn against using a nipple shield but lets face it, when your nips are feeling like they’ve been chewed on by piranhas then dipped in salt, it’s time to use one. Sometimes you just need it and chances are if you are here you are already using one. So we’re going to share some Pros and Cons to help make the process smoother and better for mom and baby. PROS: Giving Mom’s nipples an opportunity to heal without having to introduce a bottle too early to baby. Premature babies are able to latch more easily to a nipple shield than on mom’s bare breast. Babies who are unable to latch onto mom’s bare breast, because mom has...

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