I used the medela nipple shield, standard, 24mm, I think from the time my son was a few days old in the hospital, with problems latching on, until he was four months old. He refused to take my breast without the shield until the day he turned four months. Now he will nurse with it or without it, and I am weaning myself off because without the shields nursing has become painful again. I found it slightly annoying to have to rely on the shields, but I’m so glad that I am able to nurse my son. He has not had any problem getting enough milk but his nursing sessions are much shorter when he nurses without the shield.
Medela 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. The unique cut-out shape allows for more skin contact between mom and baby, and the Nipple Shields are sterile and BPA-free.
The Medela Nipple Shield is 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. They are also an invaluable tool in the NICU environment where latch can be problematic but critical for early growth.