How do I use a nipple shield?
To use a nipple shield, mothers first need to choose a breastfeeding hold. The cross-cradle hold or under-arm holds provide more control over the baby’s head and the latch. The nipple shield is placed so that the nipple is in the middle of the cone, It is gently held with the thumb and index finger on the outer edge of the rim. The breast is offered just as it would be without a shield; by gently tapping the baby’s upper lip with the nipple shield cone and waiting for the baby to open wide before bringing the baby onto the breast. When the baby is properly latched, the whole cone should be in the baby’s mouth and the baby should start contentedly sucking. Babies should be closely monitored when starting to use a nipple shield.