Should I use a nipple shield for my newborn?
If a newborn baby does not latch onto the breast on the first attempts at breastfeeding, it is important to decide whether the baby is unable to latch because of sleepiness or sickness or is trying to latch but can’t. These aredifferent challenges with different solutions. If the baby cannot latch, it is reasonable to use a nipple shield. It is important to monitor the baby closely to make sure the baby is using the nipple shield effectively and getting enough colostrum. If not, the baby will be underfed and will need to be supplemented with milk. To establish a full milk supply, it’s important that the breast be stimulated by removing colostrum. For these reasons, we encourage all mothers of newborns using nipple shields to express after all feeds until the milk has come in and the baby does not require supplementation.