Nipple shield rims that flip

Why does the nipple shield flip up against my baby’s nose?

The rim of a regular nipple shield sometimes flips back away from the breast and covers the baby’s nose or chin. This may happen when the baby is deeply latched. It doesn’t change the effectiveness of the nipple shield. Mothers can flip the rim back against the breast or ignore it. They may be able to prevent the rim from flipping back by moving the baby’s head back a bit. If mothers have a contact nipple shield (one with part of the rim cut out) or double contact (two parts cut out) and the edge of the cut-out is irritating the baby’s nose, they can rotate the nipple shield so that it no longer bothers the baby.

A) When the rim of the regular nipple shield flips back

When the baby is deeply latched, the rim of a regular style nipple shield occasionally flips back away from the breast and covers the baby’s nose or chin. This is not a big problem and does not change the effectiveness of the nipple shield nor is it likely to block the baby's nose. 

Mothers can ignore a nipple shield rim that has flipped or can push the nipple shield rim back into place on the breast. If it does not stay in there, they can try positioning the baby’s mouth and face a little farther back from the breast or pulling the baby’s body toward its feet to lift the nose out of the breast.

B) When the cut-out or the wing of the contact nipple shield bothers the baby

The cut-out section of the rim on a contact or double contact style of nipple shield creates two wings that can flip back and poke the baby’s nose or face. Occasionally, the edge of the rim can rub against the bottom of the baby’s nose and irritate the baby. These are minor annoyances that happen when the baby is deeply latched. You can:

  • Push the nipple shield back into place.
  • Position the baby’s mouth and face a little farther back from the breast.
  • Pull the baby’s body toward its feet to lift the nose out of the breast.
  • Rotate the nipple shield so that the wings or rim no longer bother the baby.
  • Change to a regular style of nipple shield.