Are you tired of feeling like Goldilocks trying to find the perfect breast shield size that's just right? Look no further than Medela's assortment of sizes, but first, let's dive into what makes these shields so special.
What Are Breast Shields?
Breast shields are a crucial component in using a breast pump. They're basically cups that fit over your nipple and create suction to extract milk from your breast. So not only do they need to be functional, but they also play a big role in how comfortable pumping will actually feel (let’s skip painful pumping sessions if we can).
Why Does Size Matter?
Imagine cramming your feet into shoes two sizes too small or wearing pants that are too tight - not exactly enjoyable experiences, right? Well, it's the same with breast shields. If the size isn't correct, you may experience discomfort or even pain while pumping (nobody wants boob trauma!). So finding the perfect fit is essential for both comfort and optimal milk extraction.
What Sizes Do Medela Offer?
Medela currently offers five different sizes of their PersonalFit Flex™ breast shields. These include:
- 21 mm
- 24 mm
- 27 mm
- 30 mm
- 36 mm
Each size corresponds with a measurement (in millimeters) of the diameter at the base of the shield opening (don’t worry we have included some fancy charts below).
But How Do I Know Which Size I Need?
Great question! Luckily there are several indicators that can help guide you toward choosing an appropriate size:
Your nipple plays a large role in determining which breast shield is best for you as it needs to comfortably fit through both its main body AND tunnel (yep who would’ve thought each part had even more parts eh?!) Nipples come in all shapes and sizes, so take a moment to observe your own (it's not weird, we promise!). If you have larger nipples or inverted nipples (surprise surprise they exist!)you may need a larger size.
Did you know pumping shouldn't hurt? That’s right no pain no gain does NOT apply here. In fact, it indicates that the shield may be too small for you (incoming viva 🥳). So if you're experiencing discomfort while using your pump (hint: look for cringing faces), try sizing up (bigger is better baby 😉).
If milk output seems low despite proper use of the breast pump machine - this could point towards needing to switch to a different size breast shield!
Consult with Professionals
Don’t just rely on google searches alone when trying to figure out which size fits best – get professional advice from someone who knows what they’re doing like an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) who can help ensure optimal latch and correct usage of the breast shields!
Medela PersonalFit Flex™ Shield Size Chart
We know visuals help so feel free to refer back! 😄
The Importance of Using the Right Fit
So at this point hopefully some thoughts are stirring in your head such as:
- WOW new nipple knowledge!
- What happens if I don’t find my perfect fit?
Well let us tell you bad things happen – cue mastitis episodes (no thank u!), leaks flooding through clothing (especially embarrassing during corporate meetings) or even just ineffective pumping leading to less than optimal milk supply. Proper shield sizing is KEY in avoiding all this mess.
Whether you're a newbie mom, veteran pumper, or just curious about breast shields (nothing wrong with that!) hopefully through this reading you’ve learnt the importance of proper fit and how Medela makes it easy to find your perfect size! Check out their PersonalFit Flex™ line today – say goodbye to goldilocks syndrome for good!
P.S Shoutout to all moms out there for juggling their lives on one hand while pumping on the other 🎉🎉