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For some women, the only way they will ever be able to breastfeed is with a nipple shield, where for others it is just a temporary solution. There is nothing wrong with using a nipple shield as long as it is placed and used correctly. Several years ago, the way nipple shields were made and used, the device actually lowered milk supply. This is no longer the case. The way the shield is manufactured actually helps maintain milk supply for some mothers, and in several recent studies it is actually recommended to use a nipple shield with premature babies as it will aid in boosting milk supply. However I ONLY recommend using a 24mm, medium sized shield as this is in my opinion the only size that can aid in production and decrease pain of nipple trauma. If the shield is too small it can decrease your supply which aids the old school train of thought that all nipple shields are bad for breastfeeding. My take on the subject has always been if it helps the mother and the baby maintain a good breastfeeding relationship, and it is not affecting the milk supply there is nothing wrong with using one as long as the mother uses it correctly and follows the below guidelines.

For some women, the only way they will ever be able to breastfeed is with a nipple shield, where for others it is just a temporary solution. There is nothing wrong with using a nipple shield as long as it is placed and used correctly. Several years ago, the way nipple shields were made and used, the device actually lowered milk supply. This is no longer the case. The way the shield is manufactured actually helps maintain milk supply for some mothers, and in several recent studies it is actually recommended to use a nipple shield with premature babies as it will aid in boosting milk supply. However I ONLY recommend using a 24mm, medium sized shield as this is in my opinion the only size that can aid in production and decrease pain of nipple trauma. If the shield is too small it can decrease your supply which aids the old school train of thought that all nipple shields are bad for breastfeeding. My take on the subject has always been if it helps the mother and the baby maintain a good breastfeeding relationship, and it is not affecting the milk supply there is nothing wrong with using one as long as the mother uses it correctly and follows the below guidelines.

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    I had latching difficulties with both of my children. Thanks to the lactation consultant and her recommendation of this nipple shield I was able to continue nursing my first child. When my second child was born and we experienced latching difficulty again, I knew exactly where to turn. I know I wouldn't have been successful in my breastfeeding journey without Lansinoh Contact Nipple Shields.