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Moms who have flat/inverted nipples, or who suffer from engorgement can benefit from wearing breastshells. Breastshells are used by moms whose babies may have difficulty latching on to the nipple to nurse. Shells for this situation have a smaller hole in the back, that are worn over the nipples to help draw the nipple out.
Manufacturer #: 80220
Product Weight:0.2 pounds
Product Dimensions (in inches):8.5 x 3.9 x 1.4
Average Customer Rating:
(based on 18 reviews)
of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
Most Helpful Positive Review
I would have quit breastfeeding!
I would have easily quit breastfeeding if it weren't for these Soft Shells. I have both the one for Inverted Nipples and Sore Nipples. I first got the one for Sore Nipples and found...Read complete review
I would have easily quit breastfeeding if it weren't for these Soft Shells. I have both the one for Inverted Nipples and Sore Nipples. I first got the one for Sore Nipples and found they had multiple uses. So the difference between the Sore Nipple Soft Shell and the Inverted Nipple Soft Shell is the size of the hole that your nipple goes into. The Inverted Nipple Soft Shell has a smaller hole. I've found that despite the difference in the size of hole in the back of these two products, both the Inverted Nipple and Sore Nipple Soft Shells have the following uses:1) Keeps sore nipples open to air so that they can heal sooner. 2) Keeps sore nipples from rubbing against clothing. 3) Using foam inserts helps absorb milk from leaking nipples. 4) Use without foam inserts helps to collect milk which you can store for later use. 5) The Inverted Nipple Soft Shells pushes out the inverted nipple over time. So #4 is a use that I discovered on my own, but it has been the most important use for me! Whenever I breastfeed from one breast, the other breast leaks A LOT. So I started to put one Soft Shell on the breast that baby is not latched on to collect the leaking milk. Then after the feeding I store the collected milk for later use in either the fridge or freezer. (I use Medela Storage Bags.) The Soft Shells are BPA free and I make sure to clean the nipple are prior to collecting the leaking milk to reduce contamination. This use, though not listed in the package inserts, has saved me so much of my liquid gold! I have been able to save anywhere from 5 to 10 ounces per day from just the leaking nipple! Now for this collection process I prefer the Inverted Nipple Soft Shell over the Sore Nipple Soft Shells because of the smaller hole. The smaller hole allows for more milk collection. I noticed with the larger hole some of the milk would fall out from overflow creating quite a mess. But for the inverted nipple, I would also recommend Medela's Nipple Contact Shield which helps the baby latch onto the inverted nipple. I found this product to be most useful because my baby would get very frustrated from not being able to latch right away on the inverted nipple.
Most Helpful Critical Review
I'm on the fence
Not fond of the hard outer shell, was hoping to be able to wear out in public, not happening. Does help slightly with what intended to do.
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from Appleton wi
About Me First Time Parent
Comments about Medela SoftShells for Inverted Nipples:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Very good and quality, use to save the leaking milk.
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I don't have an inverted nipple, but I use it to catch the leaking breast milk. It can store about 1/2 oz, perfect for me for each feeding. You can store a little more but just be careful moving it could leak out of the holes on top.
great for sore nipples
from Richmond VA
I used these for sore nipples as I was learning to breastfeed. Ideally, if your baby's latch is perfect, you won't have sore nipples, but let's be real: breastfeeding is an art, and you probably won't get it just right for a couple of weeks. While you are figuring things out, these shells provide sweet relief from bra chaffing and allows your raw nipples to heal (by air drying) before the next feeding. You might be tempted to wear them at night, DON'T. You'll give yourself clogged ducts. Do be sure to buy a nursing bra with stretchy cups to hold these in place.
By Bran Bran
from Waco, Texas
This product along with a cream is the only relief I got from sore nipples in the beginning of breastfeeding. I couldn't stand to have my nipples even touch my bra or nursing pad. This product allows your nipples to heal because they aren't touching or rubbing up against anything. Just be careful when you bend over, you could spill milk into someone's lap if milk started building up in the cup :)
By Mom of 4
About Me Mom Of 4
I registered for this item online. I liked it because you can wear them for sore nipples and for inverted nipples. It comes with the two attachments. I just wish they weren't made from such a hard plastic. I definitely couldn't wear them out of the house because they were so apparent.
from miami, Fl
About Me Parent of Two or More Children
I think these are great..... During my first nursing experience I had very sore nipples. I remember bleeding of how badly i hurt myself trying to latch my baby on. These were a life saver for me cause they allowed my nipples to heal by preventing any more friction of my nipples with my clothing. The only cons of this product is that they do show through thin clothing especially if you have larger breast. I stayed home during the first months so this was not an issue for me. I also found that it was necessary to wash them daily with hot water and soap.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Green Bay, WI
Seems to be working so baby is able to feed even with very flat nipples. This product def. Helps so they can latch without the need for shields! Love them so far!
It actually works!!!
from Chicago, IL
I am pregnant with my second child, had lots of problems with nursing the first one, thanks to my short nipples. I ended up with using the breast pump only with my first son. I am about 38 weeks pregnant, I've been using this product for three days now (only at night, for a few hours before it starts bothering me), and I can actually see the difference! When you put it on for the first time, it makes you wonder (and definitely doubt) that it'll work, but just follow the instructions, line the hole up against the tip of your nipple, and watch it grow into it!Wearing it is not too bad, it does feel uncomfortable and itchy after some time, but it is a small price to pay!
(1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
WHAT A JOKE
By Baby #2 almost due!
from Houston, TX
Extremely disappointed in this product. I don't even see how it serves a purpose. I Bought these with the assumption that they would work "miracles" because of all the great reviews I read about these. First of all, when I read "soft shell", I'm thinking the product is made from a SOFT material like silicone...but no, it's HARD plastic. That makes no sense. Second of all, when I read that it's for "inverted nipples", I'm thinking the product will have some sort of suction to pull the nipple out since an inverted nipple folds IN when stimulated. These HARD plastic shells simply sit on top of your nipple letting it poke through a hole, not helping at all. I will be extremely ticked off if I can't return this waste of money product.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
By nursing momma
About Me Medical Professional
This product was great for sore nipples, I did not have flat or inverted nipples. I had been in TERRIBLE pain for a week before buying the shields that came with the foam absorbing insert. They helped air out and keep pressure off of the nipples. It allowed them to heal. After a few more days everything was healed. I am an OB nurse and I had a lactation consultant check out my baby's latch. Everything was fine. This was even baby number 2. I highly recommend this product. The only con is learning not to bend over, the milk leaked into the shield then would come out the air vents on top if I bent over.
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