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My oldest sister (who has 4 kids) keeps telling me all the things that I need to get. Most of which I have or have thought about, some I'm glad she's mentioning, and others I don't think I'll need. But one of the things she keeps telling me I HAVE to get is a nipple shield for breastfeeding. Is that necessary? Do most people use one? Or no? Thoughts?
Do not get them unless you experience issues breastfeeding. They can lessen your supply if you are not having any issues. They are also a pain and can be a bigger pain then help. Only get them if there are latch issues or inverted nipple issues.
I had to use them with my youngest since she had latch issues and thank goodness we were only on them for 2 weeks!
yeah i dont think you'll even know if you'll need them til after baby is here. my friend needed them bc she has inverted nipples and they have helped with her. but if you dont have problems like that i wouldnt say they are necessary
Ok thanks. That's what I thought. I know she had latch issues with her oldest & I remember that was why she started to use it. I honestly don't remember her using it with the others and i was around her feeding them a lot. But she was saying it was good for when your nipples were really sore/cracked and I just thought that it would be in the way and maybe cause latch issues. I'll just tell her I got one so she'll be quiet. Haha.
Ditto on the lanolin (it is a must have, especially in the early weeks) but I agree that the nipple shield isn't necessary unless you are having problems. But seriously, get lanolin and if you forget to bring it to the hospital, ask the hospital for some as soon as you can.