Nipple shields are small, flexible silicone or latex covers that fit over the nipple and areola during breastfeeding. They are used to protect sore or cracked nipples, to help with latch issues, or to assist with flat or inverted nipples.
It's essential to measure your nipple carefully and choose a nipple shield that fits snugly but not too tight. Most manufacturers provide sizing charts based on nipple diameter, but it's best to try different sizes and see which one works best for you.
Nipple shields should be cleaned after each use with warm soapy water and dried thoroughly. They can also be sterilized in boiling water or a microwave steam bag. It's essential to replace nipple shields regularly and not to share them with others to prevent the spread of bacteria or infection.
Yes, nipple shields are generally safe to use during breastfeeding. However, it's important to use them correctly and follow the manufacturer's instructions. It's also essential to work with a lactation consultant or healthcare provider to ensure that the baby is getting enough milk and that breastfeeding is going well.
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