Silicone Nipple Shield
A food grade Silicone Nipple Shield is a must have for moms hospital bag and a necessity for all moms breast feeding their new baby.
Why use a Nipple Shield
- A silicone nipple shield can help a premature baby with suction and positioning of the nipple in a way they may not yet be strong enough to do themselves. The nipple shield holds the nipple in an extended position, ideal for breastfeeding, and allows your baby to pause and breathe without having to re position afterwards. Milk is allowed to pool in the front of the nipple shield which allows for immediate reward when baby reattaches. This makes it easy for your baby to return to your breast and feed effectively. In fact, research shows that milk consumption increases when a nipple shield is used with premature babies. Once your baby gains strength and skill, you can usually wean off the nipple shield.
- If you have flat or inverted nipples, your baby may have difficulty to latch on and feed. The nipple shield is shaped like an extended nipple, and gives the baby a larger area to latch onto. Feeding through the shield helps draw the nipple out, to make it easier for baby to latch onto the breast.
It’s important to always use nipple shields for nursing under the care and advice of a Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. She will work closely with you to make sure it’s being properly placed on your nipple and used correctly. The weening process and procedures will also be explained to ensure both mom and baby benefit from using the nipple shield and no problems occur when moving away form use of nipple shields.