What is the smallest size breast shield?
Breastshield x1 (19 mm ID, smaller than Medela’s smallest PersonalFit 21 mm breastshield), Valve x 1, Membrane x 1; Compatible with all Medela pumps except FreeStyle, Maxi and Harmony. US FDA registered medical device (No.
How do you know what size breast shield you need?
To determine the best flange size for you, you’ll need to measure your nipple. Take a tape measure or ruler and measure the diameter, or width across, of your nipple in millimeters. Do not include measurements for your areola, the larger part around your nipple. Select your flange size based on your measurement.
What is the average size breast shield?
Flanges, also known as breast shields, are the plastic cone-shaped pieces that fit over your breasts while you’re pumping. All electric breast pumps come with at least two flanges, which are usually a standard size of 24 to 27 millimeters (mm).
What happens if breast shield is too big?
If your flanges are too large, your areola will be pulled into your pump’s breast flange tunnel, which can cause discomfort, as well. It’s also possible that your areola won’t receive enough stimulation, which could cause delayed onset low milk supply.
Can nipples be too small to pump?
When a nipple tunnel is too small, it can lead to pain, skin trauma, and reduced milk flow, because it compresses the nipple during pumping. In pump-dependent families, this can put milk production at risk. Pump fit is based on how well your nipples fit into the pump’s nipple tunnel.
What happens if your breast shield is too big?
How do I know if my breast shield is too small?
Your nipple should be able to move back and forth freely – if your shield is too small there may be some resistance that can cause sore nipples. If you have excess areola (the soft tissue around your nipple) in the tunnel, your breast shield is probably too big.
How do I know if my breast shield is too big?
How do I know if my pump shield fits?
If the breast shield is too large, the nipple, along with excessive areola, will be pulled into the tunnel. The mother may benefit from a smaller size. When breast shields fit correctly, the nipple will be centered in the breast shield tunnel and will move freely during pumping.
Can you use a breast shield while pumping?
It is not necessary or recommended to wear a nipple shield while pumping with Willow. Willow latches to the breast, much like a nursing baby, and a shield may prevent a secure latch, causing leaking and air in the milk bag.
What happens if you use too big of a flange?
Can wrong flange size cause mastitis?
An improperly fitting flange can also lead to blocked milk ducts. Blocked milk ducts are very painful and can lead to an infection of the duct called mastitis. Most breast pumps come with two different sizes of flange.