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Q&A: Are Nipple Shields Damaging?

I've been using nipple shields for my preemie. Can they damage my breasts or my milk supply?
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Lactation Specialist
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January 30, 2017
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Studies show that nipple shields can help some preemies breastfeed better. But only use one if your preemie doesn’t breastfeed well without the nipple shield. Nipple shields that are fitted properly will not hurt your breasts or nipples. While you’re using them, make sure you’re under the supervision of a lactation consultant who can make sure your baby is able to get enough milk with the shield in place. As long as your baby is able to remove all the milk she needs, your milk supply will be fine. If not, you will need to pump as well.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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