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Medela SoftShells Breast Shell Soothers - Inverted Nipples

by Medela

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Technical Details
Item Weight12.8 ounces
Product Dimensions12 x 9 x 3 inches
OriginImported (USA)
UPC020451802206
Item model number80220
Minimum weight recommendation16 Ounces
Maximum weight recommendation96 Pounds
Material TypeBPA Free
Batteries requiredNo
  
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ASINB000058DPM
Best Sellers Rank #3,212 in Baby (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  
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Product Description

Make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable with these Medela Soft Shells for Inverted Nipples. The specially designed soft shells fit snuggly and apply a gentle pressure that helps draw out flat or inverted nipples. Set of 2 shells comes with 2 backs and 4 reusable foam inserts that absorb leakage and produce an overall more flattering appearance. Made in USA.


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I wear them with a sports bra and they are fairly comfortable.
Suzy K
If you have inverted or flat nipples, these are clearly the shells to get!
Ana Hotaling
Third, see a lactation consultant if your baby doesn't latch right away.
A. Schmidt

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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Ana Hotaling on April 22, 2003
I was really not looking forward to wearing the hard plastic shells I'd gotten from La Leche League to help correct my inverted nipples during my last pregnancy. Knowing I was in for a world of trouble if I didn't wear them, I dug them out and just couldn't bring myself to put them on. Then I discovered these soft shells at Babies R Us, and decided to give them a try. They have a soft backing against the breast/nipple instead of rigid plastic, so comfort is key here. Instead of being small and highly domed, these are more shallow and larger, so that they are more discreet when you wear them. There are washable inserts to absorb milk, rather than having to deal with dried pooled milk. And best of all, they do indeed draw the nipple out to prepare for nursing. I'm wearing them now, and I can't even see them through my t-shirt or feel that they are there (I actually lifted the shirt up to make sure they were properly positioned, and they were!). If you have inverted or flat nipples, these are clearly the shells to get!
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2002
I purchased these for my second pregnancy, and began wearing them about four days a week at 35 weeks. They really do work to draw out inverted/flattened nipples. I would recommend wearing a looser-fitting shirt because the shape will be visible if you wear a tight shirt.
If you are on your first pregnancy and have questions about shells, check with your doctor, especially because they may begin to draw out colostrum or even induce premature labor.
I had no idea the first time I was pregnant that I might have problems with breastfeeding! By the time my first child was five days old, I was so exhausted and frustrated that I was ready to switch to the pump & bottle method. I'm hoping with these that I'll be able to breastfeed my second child. So far, I've seen a definite improvement, and these are comfortable enough that I can forget I'm wearing them.
Nice side note: these are dishwasher safe. Try putting them in a dishwasher basket with a top so they don't go flying around the machine and melt... the baskets used to wash baby bottles will work just fine.
You might want to get two sets -- one to wear and one to wash. Good luck!
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53 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A. Schmidt on November 11, 2007
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Before breastfeeding, I had inverted nipples. My midwife suggested these. I started wearing them a few weeks before my due date. They didn't work at all. First of all, having the silicone surface against my breast, trapping sweat all day made my breasts get red and irritated, so I could only wear them every other day. Second, as soon as I took them off, my nipples would go back as flat as pancakes in a matter of a few seconds (far shorter than it takes to achieve latch-on). As far as I can tell, these shells have made no permanent change in my nipples at all.

I still use these guys but not for their intended purpose: when I nurse on one side, milk leaks profusely from the other side. So I use the breast shells to collect milk from the other side (without the absorption pads and after sterilizing them). I collect this milk all day and bottle feed it to my baby right before bedtime to help him fill up and sleep a bit longer. It is much less involved than pumping, but doesn't work very well on the go. It also saves me from going through tons of nursing pads.

Breastfeeding was a huge challenge at first, but after a couple of weeks we were doing fine. I would make several recommendations if you have inverted nipples... First of all, the only useful thing you can do before the baby is born is pumping on a regular basis. When I first started breastfeeding, I pumped in the hospital. It was incredibly painful and made my nipples red at first. The lactation consultant said that it was because my nipples were inverted and they were coming out, so raw skin was getting exposed. This made feeding and pumping considerably more painful than it needed to be during the learning phase. When you pump at first, you draw out the nipple and get that raw skin exposed.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lori on July 29, 2002
These really do work. I recommend using them before you have the baby though. I waited, and it was quite an ordeal. You will save yourself considerable misery if you wear them in advance (but not too far in advance, or you can induce premature labor--talk to your obgyn).
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Julio Carrillo on July 12, 2004
My wife has been trying to breastfeed our fisrt child. As many women, she has problems with her nipples: not really inverted but still not good enough for the baby to latch.
We looked in the web and found this product (Soft Shells), went to the store and found something even better. It's from Medela too, the product name is "Contact nipple shield". The results were immediate and baby latched on in the first attempt. Easy to use, easy to clean and also with no flavor or odor for the baby. The product also helps to form the nipple in the long term so later on the shield will not be required. Frustration and tears are gone and now we are enjoying the breastfeeding experience.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on May 2, 2008
These shells, although completely comfortable, simply don't have enough suction if you have large/extremely large breasts. I wore them for several hours the day I got them - at least six hours - and my nipples were not even potruding right when I took them out of my bra.

Also, as a word of warning, if you are pregnant and attempting use of this product, PLEASE consult your OB/GYN before purchasing. I was unaware that stimulation of the nipples can cause uterine contractions, and in some cases, premature labor. So, you want to be certain to clear it with your doctor first. I spoke to a certified lactation consultant that said anything of the sort should only be used after 36 weeks, but even then, you must have your doctor's approval to ensure everything is safe.
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