Now, I know from personal experience that any problems you encounter when breastfeeding can create tons of stress for a new mom, so any product that can help make this easier is a win for that mom and baby.
Dana came up with the idea for Shield Shell in 2008 when she chose to breastfeed her first child. Because of latching difficulties, Dana was advised by a lactation consultant to use a contact nipple shield to help her son latch. After using the nipple shield for a short time, she realized you need some sort of case to store it in between uses, to protect it from damage, debris and contamination, as well as finding it in the middle of the night. And so she came up with the first generation of Shield Shell.
After having her second child in 2010, and having to use the nipple shield again, Dana founded Shield Shell by making it available to everybody in the United States.
…Newborns nurse 8-12 times per day for the first few weeks.
…Studies show that babies born between 35 and 38 weeks gestation actually transfer more milk using a contact nipple shield than when placed directly on the breast.
…The new ultra-thin nipple shields do not necessarily decrease milk production or create a risk of decreased infant weight gain.
…Although on average, women only use contact nipple shields for a month, they are safe to use throughout the entire course of breastfeeding as long as the baby is sufficiently gaining weight.
Shield Shells are made here in the U.S. and guaranteed to last 100,000 openings / closings. I liked the way she described this on the website and wanted to share it….Basically, you could nurse your baby 8 times a day every single day and your shield shell would still be guaranteed to last until their 35th birthday.
Want to win one? Giveaway posted soon. In the meantime, feel free to leave a comment here with your biggest breastfeeding challenge, or lack of challenges, or tips and tricks, or even comments you have heard to earn some entries into the giveaway.
*I was not paid for this review although I received this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100 % mine.* Giveaway open to the U. S. and Canada.
This is awesome! My son was born at 28 weeks and after he was off the feeding tube they advised using a shield due to his prematurity. So I had an ugly container that looked like a specimen jar with the word DENTURES in bright orange…not attractive! These are cute and so smart!
That is so funny! I mean the Dentures part, not the rest. So early to be born, hope he is doing awesome!
My daughter had wonderful latch, but my milk never came in 🙁 I hope to try again with the next one.
I hope it works good for you the next time Melanie.
I used a nipple shield when my son was first born. I had over supply in one breast. My LC told me it was like trying to drink from a garden hose.
I have heard that analogy before. It conjures up a funny image.
Awesome! I am always dropping my shield and losing it! This would be perfect for me!!
I’ve nursed 3 babies. The first two, oversupply, mastitis and plugged ducts were my only issues. #3, the pain was so intense in my nipples I was miserable for weeks!
Yikes! i was lucky and never had much nipple soreness.
I had to use a shield with my last little one. I was only able to nurse for a short time with him but hope I’ll be more successful with this little one. I plan on having a shield on hand when this one is born. I sent my husband out to Target one night to get my shield for my last one. He had no idea what he was looking for and was quite embarrassed having to ask where they were.
That is hilarious! I bet the person he asked was just as embarrassed!