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Medela SoftShells for Sore Nipples

3.9 out of 5 stars 411 customer reviews
| 18 answered questions
About the Product
  • Polypropylene
  • Made in USA
  • Designed for sore nipples
  • Soft, flexible backs
  • Natural appearance under clothes
  • Made without BPA
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Product Description

Medela softshells help solve some of the most common problems faced by breastfeeding women nipple soreness, flat or inverted nipples, and engorgement. Softshells are comfortable to wear while alleviating these conditions. Soft, flexible backs for superior comfort. Low profile design for a natural appearance under clothes. 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. 

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Technical Details
Item Weight1.6 ounces
Product Dimensions12 x 9 x 3 inches
UPC782462622784 795569815584 020451002101 020451802107 696735057756
Item model number80210
Minimum weight recommendation16 Ounces
Maximum weight recommendation96 Pounds
Material TypeBPA Free, Phthalate Free, Latex Free, Lead Free
Batteries requiredNo
  
Additional Information
ASINB00LSP1PE6
Best Sellers Rank #518 in Baby (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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I have large breasts - DD normally without the added bonus of the milk. My son latched on great at first, but then got a cold and could not latch properly. He got lazy with my milk supply being very good and refused to open his mouth wide enough. Needless to say breastfeeding became torture. I was almost to the point of considering formula when I came across these.

Within just a few hours of wearing them, the pain decreased. The shells helped shape my nipples a little better and made it easier for my son to latch with little effort. After a full day of use, the pain has become almost non-existant.

I wish I had bought these for my daughter because I might have been able to breastfeed her longer than just 9 months. These shells have made breastfeeding the wondeful bonding experience it was meant to be. My son is still a little lazy with the latch, but he is getting better and opening his mouth wider now.

At first I was discouraged by the thought of needing to sanitize them every night, but I bought a microwave bottle sanitizer which makes sanitizing them a breeze. I am a very satisfied customer.
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By A Customer on June 22, 2004
These shields do work very well. I have large breasts and large nipples (E cup when I came home from the hospital) my son lacthed on great at first, but then he seemed like he couldn't handle their size and when a baby latches on wrong your nipples get even more abuse. I could not stand for a towel, or my bra to touch them, I cried every time he tried to nurse. My husband bought me these shields and an adjustable nursing bra (so I could have more room for the shields). Instead of using the inserts included I used cheap disposable nursing pads (save the nice ones for using directly on your breast). With in days I was healing and feeling sooooo much relief. But when you are nursing, take the shield off the other breast too. I wasn't thinking about let down on the side not being nursed (I had pain on my mind) and the shield filled up with milk completely. The poor nursing pad inside tried to absorb, but with the shield preesing on my breast ang having let down, it got messy. I learned quick.
Overall, the shields work great. Your only choices with sore nipples like I had are these shields or go bra-less. And go bra-less and leak milk all over your house.
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I bought these and the Philips AVENT Comfort Breast Shell Set, 2-Pack. I would say the Medela's are better for keeping your bra off your nipples. They're great if you're sore or want to get more air to your nipples. The Avent are better for flat or inverted nipples. I opening of the Avent shells is much smaller so it almost keeps your nipples pushed out, however, the Avent definiately show under your bra much more easily. The Medela are more shallow and the opening over your nipples is bigger so it's almost as if the nipple and the areola are getting aired out. Both are comfortable and I forget I'm wearing them. I use both. I use the Avent around the house and make the initial latch easier, and I wear the Medela out because they don't show as easily under clothing.
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By A Customer on November 2, 2002
I had sore, cracked nipples from excessive pumping, but I found instant relief once I used these. However if you have heavy flow, you'll find that the inserts are not absorbant enough and you will leak through the breastshell holes when you bend over. I compensate for this by inserting a nursing pad between the breastshell and my bra.
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By A Customer on July 4, 2002
If I didn't have these I would have quit nursing weeks ago! I was so sore the first 4 weeks, I almost quit...these are a must-have if you are sore. They are very comfortable and look pretty natural through clothing. They do cause a little leaking, but just change the foam inserts regularly, or wear a breast pad over them. They are easily worth the $15, if not much more!
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I started wearing these in the hospital with my third baby and they completely eliminated that painful engorging that happens. And no more leaking at the grocery store every time my baby fusses. I hated those yukky pads in my bras and always felt like I needed a shower. No more!!
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I highly recommend purchasing these shells even before the baby is born...if you plan on breastfeeding. I was very sore in the first few weeks. The shells allowed me to apply lanolin cream on my nipples and let them air out and heal in between feedings. I did only use them until my nipples were no longer sore which mentioned before was only a few weeks. But they got me through those weeks when I don't know if I'd have made it otherwise! They were a wonderful product for me!
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By A Customer on January 9, 2004
To be brief I will say these are SUPER for sore, cracked nipples! And I agree 100% with the other good reviewers. A suggestion though about the foam inserts...they do not hold a lot of milk and once your milk comes in you WILL leak if you are wearing these. What I did was take a nursing pad and fold it in half and put it in the bottom of the shell, where the insert would go. Depending on how much you leak, esp. at night, you might have to change them more frequently. You can use the disposables (Lansinoh makes great disposables) or the washable pads.
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