Medela Hobbit Breast Shells are the perfect solution for some nursing moms. Nursing moms often encounter painful or frustrating situations as they begin to nurse their newborns. Two of these problems are inverted nipples and PAIN while nursing. I have found these shells to be very effective in the treatment of both problems.
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Soon after her birth, my labor nurse brought my baby daughter to me. I was all set to nurse and was dismayed to discover it wasn't as easy as placing baby to the breast and sit back for 20 minutes. She took a long time to latch on and after a few frustrating rounds with no luck, my nurse brought out nursing shells for me. It seemed I had inverted nipples and that was making it very difficult for the baby to latch on and nurse.
The shells are clear plastic, hollow domes. The shells have two pieces that snap together. The domed piece has several air holes (make sure you have them at the top or you will have a wet blouse) to allow air to circulate around your breasts. The second piece is doughnut shaped and allows the nipples to rest inside the dome. The pressure of the shell in your bra then draws out the nipple and makes latching on much easier for all parties involved. I only had to wear the shells a couple of days before my daughter got the hang of things and we enjoyed a year long nursing relationship.
The next time I had use for these shells was after the birth of my third child. He was an excellent nurser. So good in fact, that he left me extremely sore and with bloody, cracked nipples. Poor Mommy was desperate. After a call to the hospital OB floor and a quick discussion with the lactation consultant, my husband was off to find me a new set of shells (yes, the poor man). The shells once again worked wonders. Within hours my breasts felt so much better and latching on didn't leave me in agony.
These shells are also wonderful for early engorgement. When breast milk first comes in, 3-5 days after birth, it can often leave a new mother in misery. The shells provide steady pressure on the breast, and draws out excess milk. You will have to keep this in mind as you bend over to pick something up because all that milk will settle into the bottom of the shell and come out of the holes in the top as you bend and wet your blouse. Does this sound like the voice of experience?
One draw back with this product is the fact that most will not be able to wear them out of the house. You will look like Madonna in her spiked bra days, and they will be noticeable through your blouse. Most ladies will have no desire to leave the house right after child birth, but for those adventurous types, be warned.
I acquired my shells at my local hospital. I'm sure that one can attain a pair via the internet. My hospital bill priced them at $9.00 for the pair. A real bargain considering the alternatives! These would surely make a great shower gift for a new mommy anticipating nursing.
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