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Nipple Protector - Medela

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  • Brand: Medela
  • Product Code: MM-MDPM
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Protects sensitive or inflamed nipples. If you have sore or cracked nipples, Medela's nipple shields protect them and allow the skin to recover, p.. See More

Protects sensitive or inflamed nipples. If you have sore or cracked nipples, Medela's nipple shields protect them and allow the skin to recover, preventing clothes from rubbing against them.

The healing process is aided by perfect air circulation.

Soft, comfortable and invisible silicone membrane.

Soft silicone bottom with a snug fit, comfortable for sensitive skin.
Ventilation holes allow the skin to breathe, promoting recovery.
Flexible, to adapt to the shape of your breast.
Can be used all day, between breastfeeding sessions.
They look natural under your clothes.
Contains 2 units. Medela nipple shields come in packs of two.

 

 

 

 

Additional information

Nipple care for breastfeeding mothers
While breastfeeding is good for you and your baby, it can be hard on your nipples! Read our advice and tips on nipple care to help keep the pain at bay.

 

cuidados aos mamilos amamentacao

 

Sioned Hilton, health visitor, neonatal nurse and lactation consultant:
Sioned, mother of three, has been supporting families with babies and young children for over 30 years. In addition to working with breastfeeding and expressing mothers, both in hospitals and in the community, she collaborates on motherhood and fatherhood magazines and conferences and conducts workshops for healthcare professionals.
"Breastfeeding shouldn't hurt" is a mantra new moms hear often. But many end up discovering that the reality is quite different in the early days.

First, during pregnancy most women's nipples become larger and more sensitive. And when your newborn starts to nurse, it creates pressure and suction like you've never felt before (well, at least if you're a first-time mom).

Feeding sessions can also take a long time – sometimes up to an hour – and your baby can feed up to 13 times a day.1 All this new suction, pressure and saliva can lead to sore nipples.

Imagine lips that get sore or cracked from the wind or the sun. The more you moisten them by licking them, the drier and more damaged they get. So it moisturizes them to soothe and protect them and help them to heal. It's the same with your nipples.

However, the pain will disappear as you, together with your baby, get used to breastfeeding during the first few weeks. Addressing problems quickly is essential to prevent further damage. So if your nipples become cracked, start to bleed or are unbearably painful, speak to a lactation consultant or breastfeeding specialist as soon as you can.2

However, prevention is the best medicine. So read my tips to solve the problems.

 

 

Check how your baby latches on to the breast
The key to pain-free breastfeeding is for your baby to latch on well. When your baby is latching on to the breast, direct the nipple towards the roof of his mouth. This will help you grip the nipple, as well as part of the areola (the circle of darker skin around the nipple) underneath it. Having both the nipple and some breast tissue in your mouth, like here, will help you to suckle correctly.3

Ask a lactation consultant or specialist nurse to check how your baby latches onto the breast in the first few days. They will advise you on how to overcome any problems and will be able to suggest alternative breastfeeding positions to help you breastfeed your baby with as little pain as possible.

 

 

Watch out for tongue-tie or short tongue bridle
Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) affects 4 to 11% of newborns.4 It means that the strip of skin that connects the tongue to the back of the mouth, called the lingual frenulum, is too short. A tongue-tied baby may not be able to open their mouth wide enough to be able to get a large amount of breast in their mouths, and the tongue may not be able to cover the lower gum when it makes the sucking motion. The result can be sore nipples for you and frustration for him.

Your baby needs to be evaluated by a healthcare professional, a lactation consultant or a specialist nurse to confirm that he or she is tongue-tied. If necessary, it can be treated with a simple procedure called cutting the frenulum of the tongue (lingual frenectomy). Performed by a healthcare professional, it usually does not require anesthesia and can help resolve breastfeeding problems immediately.

There is a similar but rarer condition called trapped lip or short labial frenum, in which the frenum that connects the upper lip to the upper gum is too short. Tight tongues and pursed lips are not always detected in neonatal exams, so if you think one of these could be causing your nipple pain, seek advice quickly.4

 

 

Tips on caring for your nipples while breastfeeding
Wash the chest with water only when bathing or showering. The tiny bumps (Montgomery glands) in your areola produce an oil that moisturizes and protects your nipples. Soap and shower gel can eliminate this natural oil, causing dryness and irritation.
Let your nipples air dry or wipe gently with a towel. It used to be common for women to be told to rub their nipples to tighten them, but this is no longer advised. Happily!
It is not necessary to wash the breast or nipples before breastfeeding. In fact, bacteria on the surface of your breast can help your baby's gut microbiome develop.
Fresh human milk can help to heal damaged nipples,8 so try massaging them with a few drops before and after breastfeeding.
Change breast pads frequently if they become damp to reduce the risk of bacterial or fungal infections, including breast thrush.
Avoid increasing the intervals between breastfeeding sessions to "rest" your nipples. Does your baby need to breastfeed on demand to stay healthy and grow well. Remember that frequent breastfeeding builds and maintains your milk supply, so continue to breastfeed, even with some pain.

 


Useful products for nipple care
Ultra pure lanolin nipple cream - a natural product obtained from sheep's wool. Moisturizes and aids recovery. It's harmless to your baby, so it doesn't need to be washed before breastfeeding.
Hydrogel pads can be placed on sore nipples for immediate relief from breastfeeding pains as well as creating ideal conditions for recovery. You can even store them in the fridge for refreshing comfort.
Nipple protectors fit inside your bra. They're great for preventing clothing from rubbing against sore nipples and have holes so air can reach the nipples and help them heal.
Nursing bras made of breathable material such as cotton, or fabric that dries quickly and wicks moisture away from damaged nipples.
Silicone nipples are silicone covers that fit over your nipples, with small holes for milk to flow through when you breastfeed. They protect the skin underneath and can give the baby who is weakly latching on to the breast something firmer to hold on to. Generally speaking, silicone nipples should be considered a short-term solution. If you have problems or experience pain, consult your lactation consultant or breastfeeding specialist.

 

 

When should you see a doctor
Once your baby and your nipples are used to breastfeeding, it's true that it shouldn't hurt. It bears repeating that the main cause of sore nipples is incorrect latching. If one breastfeeding specialist hasn't been able to solve your sore nipple problem, try another and another if necessary.

If your nipple pain persists or if you notice unusual symptoms, see a lactation consultant or specialist nurse. White patches or scaly skin can be a sign of breast thrush, whitish or bluish nipples can be caused by a circulatory disorder such as Raynaud's disease (vasospasm) and pus or warm redness are signs of infection.

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