Why does it hurt when I use a nipple shield?
Mothers who use a nipple shield may feel mild pain if they have existing nipple pain or damage and are using the nipple shield to reduce pain or if they are just starting to use the nipple shield. Mild pain can also happen when a slightly inverted nipple or swollen nipple root is stretched as the baby latches and pulls the nipple deep into the cone. More severe pain may happen if the nipple is not centred in the nipple shield cone or if the nipple face is pulled into the holes at the tip of the cone. These situations usually settle within a week or so of correcting the problem. The mother may need to express occasionally to manage the pain until the nipple gets used to the nipple shield. The baby may clamp on the tip of the nipple shield, pinching the nipple. If this cannot be corrected, mothers should not use a nipple shield.