Mothering Forum banner

1 - 11 of 11 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,669 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Ladies, I am having some trouble figuring out exactly what size breast shield I need to use with my pump. I read the info on the Medela sight, but I am still confused. I know that my nipple should move freely, but how much of the areola should be sucked into the tube part? Thanks!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,646 Posts
Very little of my aureola actually goes in the tube.<br><br>
I think the point of the different sizes is to spare your nipple the irritation of rubbing.<br><br>
I tried different sizes and had no difference in output.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,185 Posts
I'm not sure.... I think it has do do with whether the nipple is rubbing on the shield. A lactation consultant would be able to help you get a good fit.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,686 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>dctexan</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/9921012"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Ladies, I am having some trouble figuring out exactly what size breast shield I need to use with my pump. I read the info on the Medela sight, but I am still confused. I know that my nipple should move freely, but how much of the areola should be sucked into the tube part? Thanks!</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
dctexan,<br>
See these Medela and Ameda links with pictures and one video clip.<br><br>
Medela: Choosing a Correctly-Fitted Breastshield<br><a href="http://www.medela.com/NewFiles/faq/breastshield_fit.html" target="_blank">http://www.medela.com/NewFiles/faq/b...hield_fit.html</a><br>
Note, see picture with video clip<br><br>
Medela Breastshield Fitting<br><a href="http://www.medela.ch/ISBD/en/breastfeeding/breastpumping/breastshieldfitting.php" target="_blank">http://www.medela.ch/ISBD/en/breastf...eldfitting.php</a><br><br>
Ameda: Getting a Good Flange Fit<br><a href="http://www.ameda.com/breastpumping/most/fit.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.ameda.com/breastpumping/most/fit.aspx</a><br><br>
~Cath
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
98 Posts
I was told by LC's when I was choosing a bigger nipple shield that 1/8th inch of areola should be 'sucking in' with the nipple. The standard 24mm shields with my PIS were uncomfortable. I got both the 27 and the 30. When I first started, the 30 was most comfortable... but then I got better with the pump and 'lubing up' my nipple with BM - and the 27 is best for me now. The 24 works - but my nipple feels irritated after using it.<br>
I got both sizes because they were not expensive, and I was getting free shipping.<br>
I read somewhere that most women actually would use the bigger shields... but most don't because they don't come with the pump. Kinda like most women are wearing the wrong size bra.<br>
Good luck!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,669 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Thanks for the links. I have checked those out. My main concern is whether by "nipple" they mean the actual nipple or they mean the areola AND nipple (because my nipple is much smaller than a nickel, but my areola is much larger!). When a baby nurses much more than just the actual nipple is stimulated (part of the areola is also in the babe's mouth), that is why I am confused. I currently have the standard (24mm) and large (27mm) sizes. Out put does not seem to vary much between the two (I might get slightly more when I use the large) and the large is only marginally more comfortable. I think the large is a better fit, but now I wonder whether I actually need the extra large. My nipples are perfect in the large, but I get a ring of blanched skin on my areola (just around the nipple). Gah, I wish the pump sites would be specific about what part of the boob they are referring to!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,669 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>kethry</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/9979273"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">I read somewhere that most women actually would use the bigger shields... but most don't because they don't come with the pump. Kinda like most women are wearing the wrong size bra.<br>
Good luck!</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
YES!!! This is my fear. Once I discovered my real bra size (28F/30E) it made a huge difference in how I felt and looked (34D/32DD bras were the standards that were available, and while adequate, they were not really my best fit). I am just wondering whether I can get a better experience by finding the best fitting flanges. Looks like I am going to have to shell out the money for the extra larges and give them a try.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,908 Posts
crap, that means i need to get the bigger flanges from ameda....just came here to aks that question but thought i would look first....<br><br>
its not uncomfortable but from what i have read here, it's a big difference.....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
My thing is my nipple no longer rubs against the tunnel because I bought the 27mm, but now it looks like part of the areola is rubbing, does that mean I should get the 30mm or is that supposed to happen? I can only imagine that more of the areola would get sucked in if I did get the 30 and it would be worse...
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
Top