To Quote Dr. Jack Newman (MD, IBCLC), “There is nothing that can be done with a nipple shield that cannot be done better without one.”
Which Nipple Shield to use?
If a mother must use a nipple shield, silicone nipple shields are the best to use. Plastic shields, rubber shields and using a bottle nipple as a nipple shield are not recommended.
Precautions to take while using a Nipple Shield :
How to wean a baby off the nipple shield?
A. Techniques to de-introduce the nipple shield
Do a lot of skin to skin with the baby. This gets the baby’s instincts going. The baby might attempt latching onto the breast on her own.
B. Techniques to re-introduce the breast
Usually, a mix and match of all the above techniques depending on what works for the mother and the baby, the baby can gradually be weaned off the nipple shield. A lactation professional could be consulted if needed.
What not to do?
FAQ: How can I wean my baby off Nipple Shields? Are Nipple shields helpful?
What is a Nipple Shield?
A nipple shield is a flexible silicone nipple which is placed over the mother’s nipple. It sometimes covers the areola and sometimes some part of the areola.
The common reasons why Nipple Shields are used :
Nipple shields are often suggested to new mothers with babies just a few days old. It is offered as a solution to problems like -
A lot of times, nipple shields are recommended and used when the breastfeeding problem the mother is facing can easily be resolved by offering other simple solutions.
Breastfeeding Support for Indian Mothers (BSIM) suggests that nipple shields should only be used when it's the only way to salvage a breastfeeding relationship.
Risks of Using a Nipple Shield?
A Comparative Analysis :
The following table shows a comparative display of arguments highlighting the pros and cons of using a nipple shield.
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