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For treatment of sore or latch-on difficulties, Medela's Contact Nipple Shields feature a unique cutout design to allow greater skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby while nursing. The thin, pure silicone shield provides a larger surface for your baby to latch onto, helping both mom and baby enhance their breastfeeding experience.*Nipple shields should be used with the counseling of a healthcare of breastfeeding professional. Not to be worn between feedings.
Manufacturer #: 67251
Product Weight:0 pounds
Product Dimensions (in inches):5.0 x 3.3 x 0.9
Average Customer Rating:
(based on 59 reviews)
of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
Most Helpful Positive Review
Couldn't imagine not having it
The lactation consultant gave me this because my baby was born early (at 36.5 weeks) and had difficulty latching on. It works wonders - he feeds so well with this. It is annoying...Read complete review
The lactation consultant gave me this because my baby was born early (at 36.5 weeks) and had difficulty latching on. It works wonders - he feeds so well with this. It is annoying when he knocks at it with his hands and it falls off, and I have to replace it numerous times per feeding. Sometimes it doesn't stay on that well and it takes a few tries to get it to stick. But, it is a small inconvenience compared to the joy of giving my son what he needs. My problem is now, weaning us off of it. I need to be weaned off of it perhaps even more than him - it is so easy to breastfeed with this but takes much more effort without it (at least right now). I'm sure in due time we'll be feeding well without it. BTW- make sure to use a burp cloth underneath because it leaks. Especially when the milk flow gets going and then pours out of the holes when he pulls off, or if it falls off when it is full of milk. I only recommend using it if you have to because it is hard to wean from. But - I can't imagine what I would do without it.
Most Helpful Critical Review
Great product, difficult to wean from
I was given this product in the hospital because of a poor latch. My daughter got used to it and would not nurse with out it, and would not take a bottle. It...Read complete review
I was given this product in the hospital because of a poor latch. My daughter got used to it and would not nurse with out it, and would not take a bottle. It is clear, so after several times of almost loosing it (I put it down after feedings to burp) I went and bought 2 more. After about 3 months the first one started to wear out, I was glad to have extras already on hand. Also, on several short trips I was caught without it.I tried weaning from it to a bear breast after 2 weeks, my daughter would not latch on, she would cry instead. I asked a lactation consultant what to do, she said to try to remove it after she was already latched on. That did not work and was very painful. After much crying and 6 more months I finally weaned her from the shield, not breast feeding. I breast feed for another year. With out the shield, my milk supply increased because of direct contact.Another thing that I did not like about it was that it leaked milk. I had to put a cloth diaper or something similar under my breast to catch the milk that came out from under it. Until I learned to do this, I had milk rings on my pants.
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Such A Relief!!!
By first time momma
from chicago, illinois
About Me First Time Parent
Comments about Medela Contact Nipple Shield 16MM - Extra Small:
The shield has made breastfeeding possible for me and my daughter. She was born full term, but no matter how hard I tried to get her to just latch, she wouldn't. She would fight with me and get so frustrated, as would I. Finally, the lactation consultant at the hospital gave me the nipple shield. My daughter instantly latched on, ate up, and slept for several hours. My daughter is almost a month old now, she still won't take my breast without the shield. And I'm fine with that because it does allow me to breastfeed her and have that close bonding with her. My milk supply has taken a small hit, so I have to give formula 1-2 times a day (she eats a lot and I can't keep up). And she sometimes falls asleep while feeding, but if I massage my breast while feeding, the milk comes down faster to her that way.Love the shield. Highly recommend!!!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from Riverside, CA
Feedings take LONGER - Affects Milk Supply - NOT permanent solutionFeedings could take up to 30 mins - 2 hrs. Baby would sleep and eat during feedings because he was getting his milk slowly. Ex: Rather then feeding him for 15 minutes and him sleeping 2 hrs after that, I would spend 2 hrs feeding him and then he would sleep on his own for 20 minutes hungry again. Instead of eating then sleeping, he would do both at the same time.I tried to ween off the breast shield. It took me two attempts to get an "okay" latch. The first time, my breast became so sore I had to go back to the shield. My second time I purchased the "Medela Nipple Cream" I highly recommend so you don't give up on nursing because it can be hurtful getting a baby to latch on.Great if you MUST breastfeed, but absolutely cannot get your baby to latch on but not a permanent solution. Should try to attempt to breast feed instead of slacking off to this dulling product. Purchase nipple cream and try to breast feed directly.So your feedings don't take hours and you can get some REST.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Only Way I Could Nurse
By Luke's Mom
from College Station, TX
I was given this nipple shield the day after my son was born due to his inability to latch. He took to it immediately, which was a huge relief. I was told to wean him from it within the next few weeks, and despite meeting with lactation nurses after leaving the hospital, my son just couldn't latch without it. I beat myself up over not being able to nurse without what I saw as a crutch, but looking back, I'm extremely thankful I didn't give up. I used the nipple shield for about 5 months, until I went back to work and pumped full-time. My son was born rather small, but at his 2-week and 6-week appointments, his pediatrician was amazed at how much weight he had gained on breastmilk; he had never seen a baby gain such a high percentage of their birthweight from breastmilk alone. The nipple shield did not affect my milik supply negatively at all, and 19 months later, my son is extremely healthy, which I attribute to the use of this nipple shield. Had I not used it, I would have given up nursing altogether. So, if you're in the same situation, don't worry about what other moms tell you or how they may judge you. Do what you think is best for you and your baby, and don't give yourself grief for it.I did have issues with milk leaking, but I was sure to always tuck a burp cloth into the bottom of my nursing bra or tank, and it soaked up everything that leaked out. I suggest buying 3 or 4 shields so you always have a clean one, and keep one in the diaper bag. I'm 7 months pregnant with baby #2, and you better believe I already bought a new shield, just in case!
No more stress
I have small, flat nipples and my baby just would not latch. After getting advice from numerous Lactation Consultants and nurses, I finally tried the nipple shield. My baby and I were immediately greeted by relief- for him it was a full tummy and for me it was the ability to breastfeed him. (I am also an extreme over producer so I also have to pump.)I didn't mind the pain of breastfeeding without the shield, but my child could not get a proper latch. We are slowly weaning him off of the shield as his mouth gets larger and we get more coordinated together.I would not recommend this product for someone who doesn't have inverted or flat nipples. But I would recommend it otherwise (or if you have a cracked nipple that just needs time to heal).
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
The Gift of Breastfeeding
By Evie's Mom
from Rockville, IN
Before my daughter was born I made the commitment to breastfeed my daughter. From the beginning there were a myriad of issues complicating our breastfeeding:*She was a preemie*Due to breathing and body temp issues the nurses kept her from me to begin with*She was SEVERELY tongue-tied*She has a very high palate*She had very high jaundice levels, which made her sleepy*and worst of all --- I have extremely flat, basically non-existent nipplesSo to make a long story short I needed this shield. The nurses and lactation consultants told me that I needed to wean her from it as soon as possible, because they can cause a lack of stimulation that will decrease milk production. I was never able to wean her from it, I really did try, but it just couldn't be done. As a result my milk production has taken a small hit, but I compensate by pumping after nursing and taking fenugreek. Also, these shields can lead to mastitis, which I have had twice now in four months. BUT I WOULD DO ANYTHING TO BE ABLE TO BREASTFEED MY BABY, AND THIS SHIELD IS ALLOWING ME TO DO THAT!!! So, to me this product is priceless, and I can't go without it.**On a side note: I think that the moms who complain about it letting air in aren't using it properly. You are supposed to turn it partially inside out, then put it on. This causes it to pull the nipple up into it, and air shouldn't get around that. And others said that it leaks.. Well, babies leak out of their mouths anyway. Not to mention spit up all over you! This shield leaking, if and when it does, is a none issue.
No pain, but my little one doesn't like
from Louisville, ky
About Me Parent of Two or More Children
I bought this this morning to help with my scabbed nipples. I only used it for a little bit because my six day old doesn't like it and we became very frustrated. It seems like it works well. I didn't have any pain while using it. The nipple fills up with milk, so if your little one detaches the excess milk goes everywhere. My one problem with this is the sizing. Do you buy sizes depending on your nipple, or on the areola? If you have cracked and painful nipples try Mustela Nursing Comfort Balm, it worked like magic for me!
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I could not live without this!
By Brenda - mom to Whitney
from Prior Lake, MN
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Whitney had trouble latching on right from birth. The lactation consultant gave this to me in the hospital and she latched on right away. I now use it every time I breast feed. My pediatrician tried to get me to wean her off it but I did not. Why fix something that is not broken. Plus, my nipples never got sore. It is easy to clean and is comfortable to wear.It does get messy though. When I have let down, it fills the nipple part and if Whitney stop nursing and her hand knocks it off, then it goes everywhere. So, I just put a towel under my armpit and it helps a little. I don't mind the mess as long as she will feed.
from Weymouth, MA
These are the greatest invention for mothers with inverted nipples or mothers of babies who are having difficulties latching on! My son had trouble latching on and it was so frustration! That is until my lactation consultant introduced these nipple shields to me. They worked on the first try and were great when I was engorged and it was even more difficult for my son to latch on. These are so easy to clean and you don't have to worry about nipple confusion. I would recommend these to any mother who is thinking about giving up on breast feeding.
By Struggling to breastfeed
I loved this product at first it was the only way I could get a proper latch out of my new born. But if you don't get your nipple perfectly centered then you can get blisters. Even if you are perfectly center the shield can still slip and cause bruising. I have to use the shield now because he will not latch without it. I only used it for a week then tried without. My baby is six weeks old now and every time I go to nurse I try without but I have to use it. Without it I would have to give up nursing all together.
must have for difficulty breastfeeding
from Jacksonville, Florida
I had difficulty breastfeeding due to my son not being able to latch on. His pediatrician told us about this product and now I am able to breastfeed him without any difficulty. It rarely hurts when he eats. You don't need to use any lotion for it to stick on. I also use it when pumping.
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