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Are nipple shields a good idea?

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Getting help and support from your midwife, PHN or breastfeeding support volunteer so that your baby latches on well is very important. Babies don’t feed from your nipple, they need to take a wide mouthful of breast included the areola (dark skin around your nipple) fully into their mouth. Latching on well can help prevent problems like nipple soreness and pain. Unless recommended by a Lactation Specialist, using nipple shields to help with latching on can lead to further problems.

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