Do you need them? My sister is due with her first child and plans to bf. She said that one of her friends told her about nipple shields and has been using them to prevent sore nipples. I thought the shields were used if there is exessive discomfort or in the case of inverted or flat nipples. I'm thrilled that my sister plans to bf, so I've been careful to support anything that will make it more comfortable and easy for her. I'm wondering if there could be any nipple confusion with the shields? She does plan to introduce a bottle at some point so her DH can share feeding the baby as well as for when they go out for a couple of hours. Should the nipple shield she uses be the same brand as the bottles she plans to get? Sorry to sound so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: about this. I bf both of my kids but didn't have any comfort issues so I never really looked into these before. Thanks!