A nipple protector, also known as a nipple shield, is a thin silicone device that is placed over the nipple and areola to help with breastfeeding. They are typically used for short-term periods to address specific breastfeeding challenges.
It is typically used to address breastfeeding difficulties, such as:
Sore or cracked nipples: Nipple protectors can help to protect the nipple from further irritation and allow it to heal.
Flat or inverted nipples: Nipple protectors can help babies to latch on more easily.
Oversupply of milk: Nipple protectors can help to slow down the flow of milk, which can be overwhelming for some babies.
Tongue-tie: Nipple protectors can create a larger surface area for the baby to latch onto, which can be helpful for babies with tongue-tie.