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What have people’s experience been like with nipple shields? Can bub still get the milk they need?

Posted anonymously, 31st March 2015

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  • As nipple shields are recommended for breast feeding mums with inverted nipples, I assume that means the milk still gets through

  • In my experience, nipple shields are used by breast feeding mums when they have inverted nipples. So of course babies can still access the milk they need

  • I always thought a nipple shield was for breastfeeding mums with inverted nipples. Based on this, I would assume the milk can get through. I have never used them but have a friend who has whilst breastfeeding

  • Baby can get enough milk. My midwife suggested them for me as my son wouldn’t latch on without them.

  • Yes definitely! I fed my first with nipple shields until about 3 months (I had an awful time breastfeeding to begin with and they were a life saver). She was well fed and got plenty of milk during this time. I think my supply was better than if I had not used them as it helped me to relax and enjoy feeding instead of being anxious. I stopped using them around 3 months and went on to feed her until 16 months. Good luck!

  • Yes, as long as the shield fits properly & seals to the breast. I used them for both my bubs :)

  • Yes! My third child was born 3 weeks early and had a few health problems for the first few weeks. I used a nipple shield and it was brilliant. Not only was I no longer in pain, he was able to feed well and thrived. I had no trouble getting him off it arfter quite a long time using it (despite what I’d been told) He is now a thriving 3 year old.

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