Why should I use a nipple shield?
Nipple shields can help babies who have trouble latching onto the breast. If the nipple shield works, it eliminates the need for the mother to express milk and supplement the baby. Nipple shields are especially useful for premature babies, who commonly have trouble breastfeeding. They may also reduce nipple pain, although some mothers say the pain is just as bad with a nipple shield. Nipple shields may also help mothers with a very large milk supply control the rate of the milk flow to the baby. Mothers who have suffered abuse and who feel uncomfortable with the feel of the baby’s mouth on their breast may find a nipple shield provides them with a tolerable amount of separation.