Contact Nipple Shields

Product Overview

Instruction Manual (pdf)

Medela Nipple Shields can be an effective tool for professionals and moms to manage infants with latch-on problems, for moms with overactive let-downs or for flat, inverted and sore nipples.  Medela Nipple Shields enable continued breastfeeding without interruption until these problems are resolved.



  • For latch-on difficulties or flat/inverted nipples
  • To help continue breastfeeding
  • Unique cut-out shape
  • Allows for more skin contact between mom and baby
  • Available in different sizes
  • Consult a lactation professional for assistance
  • BPA-free
  • Safe for mom and baby
  • Sterile versions available for hospitals
  • For immediate use in hospital

What’s Included

  • One contact nipple shield
Instruction Manual (pdf)


  • Made of thin silicone
  • Unit Weight: .1 lbs
  • Unit Size/Packaging: 6-1/4 x 4-1/2 x 1-1/4


Contact Nipple Shields | Medela#!Reviews 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 0 reviews.
ug! More than 1 year ago
This helped me get over the initial pain of breastfeeding. I do wish they made a size large, but notwithstanding, the medium worked and helped alot. I don't have the inverted nipples or active flow probs that the package says, but I think these are helpful for ANY new mom adjusting to the pain of breastfeeding (anyone who says it shouldn't hurt at the beginning is a liar - It takes several weeks to stop hurting.)
Lindsey Ross More than 1 year ago
I loved these! I am pregnant again and they are a must have for the hospital bag. I store them in a plastic soap container, which you can find at any drug store in the traveling section and it worked beautifully. I highly recommend!!
Alicia Smith Laken More than 1 year ago
This product helped me tremendously! My newborn was able to latch on with this product, I also am a 36FF before my milk came in, and this has helped my baby not get overwhelmed with the size of my breasts. She is only 11 days old today, but I am hoping that with the use of the shield, my nipples will begin to take a form that this product will not be needed forever. Regardless, I know I owe much of my success thus far to the shield.
JessByrd8 More than 1 year ago
After the first two weeks of trying & trying my baby girl just couldn't latch. My aunt then told me about these and she latched immediately! I can't believe I had NEVER heard of these before! (The hospital/friends didn't even mention this when I was having trouble breastfeeding). I was able to nurse her for a year b/c of these! :) My friend also just had a baby who was losing some weight b/c he couldn't latch, and I HIGHLY recommended these, and he is now gaining weight and breastfeeding perfectly! :) GREAT JOB MEDELA!!!!
Mai Yang More than 1 year ago
I'm surprised your hospital didn't mention it to you! My hospital sent a lactation nurse to help me with breastfeeding & she gave me a nipple shield. I wouldn't have been able to breastfeed if she had not given me the shield.
Ashleigh Howard More than 1 year ago
This product is great! I would recommend this to anyone who has problems with a latching baby. At first my daughter would not latch, now she is a pro at it with the help of the shield. I would pay the 10.00 over and over again, just to be sure i have this with me at all times. It makes that much of a difference, especially when baby gets frustrated which in turn makes you feel bad and stressed. It is like night and day when you use the shield!
Stevy Stanley More than 1 year ago
I am a first time mom who also has inverted nipples! The lactation consultant came in right after my son was born and introduced me to this! It is absolutely perfect and works great! We have been using it for 3 weeks now and have not had any issues. He latches on every time :)
gP More than 1 year ago
I am a first time mom and when my baby wouldn't latch to one breast the lactation consultant provided me with the contact nipple shield by Medela - i only used it a couple times and it worked! I strongly recommend to anyone having a hard time with your baby latching on!! This - Is - Genius!
Karisa Maus More than 1 year ago
When i had my daughter she did not want to latch on and i was so thankful that i allowed the student nurses in my room because the lactation nurse was not very nice or helpful and she told me if i didnt give her formula she would end up in the nic unit i was devastated because i wanted so badly to breastfeed well the student nurse sent my husband to get a shield for me and my baby took to it instantly she used it for 3 weeks and hasnt needed it since she is now 6 months and growing like a weed
Tonya Mitchell More than 1 year ago
I would have slapped that bitch. I'm glad someone knew what they were talking about for you.
LaTasha Huff More than 1 year ago
My husband brought the baby to me immediately after my c-section to nurse in the recovery room and the nurses immediately saw the problem and retrieved a nipple shield from a nearby bin. He latched immediately on to the shield and nursed happily only minutes after he was born. While I've tried to get him to latch on naturally even with the help of the lactaction consultant in the hospital it was very difficult. My nipple is very small and my breasts are very large. The consultant after several attempts retrieved a smaller size breast shield. Reading the reviews on here has been encouraging and gives me confidence that it's okay if he continues to use the shield. He's growing and very healthy and that's the important thing. Right now I think I'll order a few more in case of tearing though. The dependance is the only thing that worries me.
Kristine More than 1 year ago
Baby was choking and gagging because my left breast would let down with a continued stream and I did not know it was happening by feeling it, only by his reaction. It was very scary and I came across the Medela Shield while researching a solution. Now I do not fear feeding him on the overactive breast because the shield will allow the milk to pool inside of it instead of in baby's throat all at once. Great Product!!!
Cortney Buzelli More than 1 year ago
I am a 36GG and my son was having a hard time latching because my nipples would deflate when in his mouth. The hospital actually gave me these to try and he never had another problem again. I used them for 13 months for him. I am now on baby number two. I brought them with the hospital just in case and tried to nurse without them....same thing happened again, he was unable to keep a good latch because they just wouldn't pucker up for him. My second is now 2 months and we use them every feeding. I still try to do it without it every now and again, and it's the same result every time. No sense frustrating him, I'd rather use the shield and have a happy healthy breast fed baby! It is sometimes a pain if he unlatches, making nursing in public discretely a problem sometimes, but that's nothing a cover can't help with. And it's not the shields fault, it's my kids! Without this, I would have had formula fed babies who probably would have had tummy issues!! Thanks Medela for a great product!
LaTasha Huff More than 1 year ago
Thank you. This was greatly reassuring to me. I have no idea what size I am right now. I was 36 DDD before but now the 40F nursing bra is far too small. My breast out weighs and is bigger than my 3 week old son and I don't blame him for not being able to latch. What you describe is exactly what is happening to me. The nipple may pucker at first but once inside his mouth it relaxes again. We both get frustrated trying and I give him his nipple shield back so he can eat. The most reassuring thing about your post is that you continued to use the shields for so long with few issues and that just relieves me greatly. I want to breastfeed for at least a year and knowing you used them for 13 months makes me happy and confident that I can too.
Kris Hawkins More than 1 year ago
This works wonderfully. I wear size 40F bra and have very small nipples. This helped let me nurse my daughter. She tried to latch on, but never seemed to be able to stay on. I had read stories of mom's having so much trouble due to breast size. This was a lifesaver. I have actually used this throughout the entire time I've been nursing my daughter. Thank you Medela!
Naomi Inkster More than 1 year ago
My baby is 5 mths old and we have happily been using this product since she was 1 1/2 days old. I was recommended it by our health nurse and again by my lactation consultent, and have had no problems with my milk flow slowing down as I heard could be the case with using the shield. Only slight draw back is having something extra to sterilize in the kitchen, but there would be alot more to sterilize if I had to use bottles and formula!
Elizabeth Kelley More than 1 year ago
I used these in 2007 when my son was born. I had inverted nipples and he wouldn't latch. The hospital gave me these to help and boy did they ever. I will admit that havign to use them is a gigantic pain, only cuzI dont want to have tow worry about putting them on and placing them right for baby to latch. But when they are the only thing that will let you breastfeed, it is worth the hassle. I do wish they made a holder for these for in the diaper bag. I kept mine in a plasti c baggy and still ended up havign to buy several more. And these are not cheap! Over all I reccomend highly.
Ana Davidson More than 1 year ago
It helps me breastfeed without pain. My babies are bad latchers and this gets most of the nipple and areola in their mouths. I'm not sure if it comes bigger than the 27mm but I wish it did since the 27mm is a bit small for me but it's bearable. I recommend to get it for the first couple of weeks because they will hurt while trying to figure out the best way to nurse.