Why was I told to never use a nipple shield?
Health-care providers may disagree about the use of nipple shields. Our clinic has found them effective for some babies and supports their use by mothers who find them helpful. Some mothers use a nipple shield for the entire breastfeeding period and feel a sense of accomplishment in having overcome latching problems. Some health-care providers believe nipple shields reduce milk transfer and prevent emptying of the breast. They recommend expressing after every feed. This is unnecessary if the baby is full-term and getting enough milk. Some people worry that babies may become used to the nipple shield and won’t be able to breastfeed without one and this is a valid concern if using a nipple shield for nipple pain. However, if the baby has a latching problem, a nipple shield may allow breastfeeding that would otherwise be impossible.