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Mom Monday: Nursing Thanks to the Nipple Shield

Mom Monday:  Nursing Thanks to the Nipple Shield

by Emily Newbold

A year ago

Game changer. When nursing was difficult with my first daughter, we headed into the lactation consultant. Greeted with a smile, she had me sit down and showed me a few tools in hopes to successfully nurse my baby girl. I’ll admit it was awkward at first to have another woman show me how to use a nipple shield, but completely worth it. Had I not been introduced to the nipple shield, I know for certain I would have given up nursing.

I used the nipple shield every time I nursed for the first nine months. After that, I was able to continue nursing my daughter without the aid of the nipple shield. When my second daughter was born I knew what to do! Prepared with the nipple shield this time around, I did not have any stress about nursing. Here are my five favorite things about the nipple shield that I believe every nursing mother can benefit from.

  1. Easier latch. My daughter was not able to latch on far enough inside her mouth for us to successfully nurse. The nipple shield goes deeper into their mouth (for mothers like me who do not have “conditioned nipples”) allowing them to instinctively suck.
  2. Helps with pain. Cracked nipples are something most moms experience when nursing. The nipple shield covers these cracks and can help your nipples heal faster or avoid cracking in the first place. When I switched my daughter from the nipple shield to directly the breast, I experienced cracking and bleeding. I would use the nipple shield whenever I needed to cover the wounds.
  3. Easy to clean. It is only one piece of flexible plastic. No parts to it. Just quickly clean in the sink or dishwasher.
  4. I found the nipple shield for under $10 at my local supermarket. Way cheaper than it would have been had I switched to formula and given up nursing.
  5. Easier for newborn baby to get milk. There is a small gap between the tip of the nipple shield and the nipple. This allows milk to pool inside the nipple shield. Newborns do not suck as efficiently as older babies. I noticed my milk would pool inside the shield allowing my daughter milk without having to suck very hard. When we were worried about weight, this was a relief knowing she was actually getting milk down.

I tell every soon-to-be-nursing mom I know to look into the nipple shield. With the handful of benefits, it really is a tool every nursing mom should have in their pocket. Happy nursing!

Welcome to Mom Monday, I’m so glad you’re here!
I’m Emily and currently chasing after a rambunctious 2-year-old, Elsy, and a sweet spirited 6-month-old, Avenly. Hopefully the information shared here will help fill you with as much joy on your nursing journey as I have received in mine.


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