Nipple shields provide a great short-term solution for many breastfeeding challenges, but it’s important they are used properly. For many moms breastfeeding doesn’t always go as planned. Breastfeeding troubles are common and definitely don’t make you any less of a good mother. Nipple shields have a purpose and can be very useful in extending the ability to breastfeed in many situations such as:
- Premature babies
- Flat, short, or inverted nipples
- Sore nipples
- Nipple confusion
Using a nipple shield the correct way is important to make sure baby can effectively get milk from the breast.
Step 0. Take a big breath and relax. Pat yourself on the back for doing what you need to keep baby happy and healthy and let go of any guilt you might have for needing a nipple shield.
Step 1. Use your fingers to invert (or flip up) the outside of the nipple shield and part of the teat.
Step 2. Position the shield over the center of your nipple. Position the cut-out sections in the right spots for the baby’s nose and chin.