Presentation Information

Diane Powers

Clinical Decision Making: When to Consider Using a Nipple Shield

  • Speaker: Diane Powers , BA, IBCLC
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU

Nipple shields have a long and somewhat controversial history. Nearly every published article in recent years reports positive breastfeeding outcomes for mother/baby dyads who used a nipple shield. Its use may be warranted if infants have sucking difficulties or are having problems latching to flat or inverted nipples or where mothers are experiencing hyper lactation where milk let down causes the infant to choke and sputter and pull off. In addition, they can be useful for mothers who dread breastfeeding because of nipple pain or have a history of sexual abuse. It is time to recognize the possible uses for nipple shields that can help create favorable results for breastfeeding couplets.