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Medela Contact Nipple Shield, Medium

from Medela
4.3 out of 5 stars 956 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • One standard (24mm) nipple shield per pack
  • For latch on difficulties or flat and inverted nipples to help continue breastfeeding
  • Unique cut out shape allows for more skin contact between mom and baby
  • Consult a lactation professional for assistance
  • Made without BPA
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Product Description

Size: Medium

Medela contact nipple shields can be an effective tool for professionals and moms to manage infants with latch on problems, for moms with overactive let downs or for flat, inverted and sore nipples. Medela nipple shields enable continued breastfeeding without interruption until these problems are resolved. Special design for closer contact with baby. Available in different sizes (16 mm, 20 mm, 24 mm) consult with a lactation professional for assistance. Made without BPA safe for mom and baby. All Medela breastmilk bottles and products that come in contact with breastmilk are and always have been made without BPA. 

Product Information

Size: Medium
Technical Details
Item Weight0.3 ounces
Product Dimensions3.7 x 3.7 x 1.3 inches
UPC020451672038 885559460877 802667989168 885566920579 885213379187 885555407708
Item model number67203
Safety warningUse under the care of a breastfeeding consultant or physician.
Target genderUnisex
Minimum weight recommendation16 Ounces
Maximum weight recommendation96 Pounds
Material TypeBPA Free
Batteries requiredNo
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Best Sellers Rank #57 in Baby (See top 100)
Shipping Weight0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

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Size: Small
i read every book on breastfeeding before my son was born. i thought i had it figured out. what a huge shock when he was born and could not get him to latch on. not even for a tiny bit. the lactation consultant insisted i use a nipple shield. i kept refusing since every book i read says nipple shields were bad. in the end i broke down and used one and what a life saver! it's the only way i would have been able to nurse my child. we tried weaning him from the shield for months but all it did was cause stress and anxiety. i finally gave up and decided to use it as long as i needed it. i have been almost nursing for a year with this shield. i never had any kind of supply issues (no supplementing). i am so thankful these shields exist. breastfeeding was very important to me and made it possible.

UPDATE. my son weaned himself at 16months and i used the nipple shields the ENTIRE time with NO issues.
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Size: Medium
I bought this nipple shield to separate my bleeding and cracked nipples from the fabrics of my clothes, not realizing its true function at the time. Later I learned from my lactation consultant that clear plastic wrap (the thing you use to keep your vegetable fresh) serves as a barrier quite well, and the nipple shield is used for actual feeding. She taught me how to use it, as my nipples were in a terrible state due to poor latch-on, and that my baby refused to take anything but rubber nipples (we had to bottle-feed her from Day 3 to treat her jaundice; since then she had refused breasts). I used it almost exclusively until my baby was 6 weeks old, when one day she finally took the breast. Here are the pros and cons of this nipple shield based on my experience.

(1) For my baby who has nipple confusion, it immediately "fixed" that problem. She latched onto the nipple shield and fed at my breast. Without it she screamed at my breasts. The nipple shield was a saver of breastfeeding for me. Without it, I would have likely done EPing (exclusive pumping; there is a nice discussion board about it on iVilliage), which is much more difficult to maintain.

(2) It also allowed my bleeding nipples to heal (yes, an antibiotic ointment and lansinoh are needed for that); it really is a "shield" against the baby's chewing of the nipples.

(3) Unlike older types of nipple shields, this type apparently does not negatively affect milk supply or baby's weight gain, at least within the first 2 months. See J Clin Nurs. 2009 Nov;18(21):2949-55. Reexamination of ultra-thin nipple shield use, infant growth and maternal satisfaction. I did, however, met with the lactation consultant again to measure how much baby ate in one feeding.
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I love these silly things! They made nursing work with my heavy milk let down. I could kill all the lactation consultants who warn that your milk supply will dwindle with these--that warning only applies to the OLD shields that were made of thick rubber. I have a strong let down that was gagging both my kids at birth and these shields made it so they could regulate the flow a bit better. Although I tried to wean my first daughter off the shield because all the consultants made me feel terrible for using them, she would only nurse with it, so we used it exclusively for 18 months! I never had any cracking, thrush, or any nipple issues either, and I think these shields really helped with that!

Now that I have a second baby, I was having terrible pain when she was nursing. I had every consultant in the hospital give me different advice telling me I was holding her wrong, I was sitting wrong, she will grow out of her strong latch, my nipples will toughen up, and meanwhile, I was crying with every feeding and had bruises on both nipples. At 5 days old, my husband saw me clenching my teeth and curling my toes as I latched our baby on my now-bruised boob and he said "remember those witch's hat thingies you used before? I'm going out and getting you some! You never cried like this with our first!" And he was right! He got one and nursing has been easy and comfortable ever since, for 5 months now. I plan on using it until she weans, hopefully at 12-18 months like our first. I have a huge milk supply, never had any troubles with supply or latch because of these. I wish consultants would get better-informed and stop making new mamas feel like crap for using these.
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Size: Small
We didn't have a latching problem, however my daughter's latching fervor combined with my first time mommy inexperience resulted in some pretty nasty nipple damage before we were able to get to a lactation consultant and establish a good latch. We've been using these in the meantime to allow the nipples to heal since every feeding was ripping open the scabs and causing bleeding. For me, these have been complete life-savers since the other option I was given was just to use bottles while my nipples healed...which at only 6 days in I really didn't want to do yet. Here are the pros and cons for me (I should note that all of the cons from my perspective are minor gripes and are far outweighed by the pros, but everyone is different):

- Allows nipples that have been damaged time to heal
- Helps with latching for infants who have trouble or mommies with flat or inverted nipples
- Small and easily portable
- Relatively inexpensive (we got them at Buy Buy Baby which was cheaper than the Amazon price)

- Frequent additional washing- at a time when it feels as if you spend half your life washing things, this just adds one more to the list. You really should wash them between each use since some milk collects inside and if you are using any lanolin or nipple ointment they will get greasy. I suggest having several on hand, especially for middle of the night feedings when the last thing you want to do is get out of bed and wash a nipple shield. I have used the medela breast pump wipes but you need to either rinse them or let them dry for 10 minutes after before use so that doesn't really help.)
- They are small and clear- makes them nearly impossible to find when dropped.
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