Nipple protectors can be an effective tool to help ease the early stages of breastfeeding, when baby may be having trouble latching on or if nipples are sore and irritated. These nipple shields are a simple, quick and inexpensive solution that can provide immediate relief for both mother and infant. They’re typically made from silicone, latex or rubber and have a round shape that fits over the nipple and areola area. Some have a lower section that’s cut out to allow more skin-to-skin contact during breastfeeding.

Whether you’re looking for a nipple shield that can help correct a poor latch, or one that can contain bursts of milk during letdown, we’ve gathered some of our favorites to keep on hand to help you get breastfeeding off to a good start. These nipple shields can be purchased online or from many breastfeeding stores. However, it’s best to use a nipple shield only under the guidance of a lactation consultant.

These nipple shields from Medela are made with ultra-thin, soft and flexible 100% silicone that molds to the breast for a natural fit. They’re also BPA-free, hypoallergenic and come with a handy carrying case for storage between uses. Available in a variety of sizes, these nipple shields are great for babies with short term latch-on issues, including preemies, small or ill infants, flat or inverted nipples, tongue tie and overactive let down. They can also be used to support sore nipples during pumping. nipple protectors for breastfeeding

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