ONLINE RESOURCES FOR WEANING OFF OF A NIPPLE SHIELD

  • Nipple Shields from Kellymom — an overview of what nipple shields are, and lots of ideas on weaning a baby off of a nipple shield.
  • Nipple Shields … Friend or foe? by Kathy Parkes, IBCLC an overview of pros and cons of using nipples in various situations.  Written for La Leche League Leaders.
  • Online resources for getting a good latch — Babies who are used to nipple shields often learn to latch on to the breast better when they take the lead.  You can find links about how to do this under the heading LET YOUR BABY GUIDE YOU TO A GOOD LATCH.  (We have an excellent video on this topic that you may borrow from our Group library.  For more info, please contact one of the Leaders.)

PLEASE NOTE:  Nipple shields have been shown to decrease the milk supply of women with  inverted or flat nipples. The nipple shields may keep the baby’s tongue from compressing the breast enough to get the milk flowing.   If you have inverted  or flat nipples, it is recommended that you only use a nipple shield under the supervision of a lactation professional.

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