Medela Breastshells (pack of 2)
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If you have sore or cracked nipples, Medela breast shells protect them and allow skin to recover by preventing your clothes from rubbing on them.
Breast shells fit inside your bra to prevent fabric rubbing against sensitive or sore nipples, allowing your skin to recover and promoting healing. It’s a good idea to wear a nursing bra when using breast shells, as these tend to be a bit roomier than a typical bra, so it’s easier to fit them inside. However, you don’t need to worry about Medela breast shells showing through your clothes, as their low-profile shape ensures a natural look. You can wear breast shells continuously between breastfeeding sessions, but avoid using them in bed at night, as this can aggravate sore nipples.
As with all breastfeeding accessories, hygiene is important. Before wearing breast shells for the first time – and once a day after that – sanitise them by following these quick and easy steps:
Place the separated breast shell parts in a small pan filled with cold water – distilled is best, but if you use tap water, you can add a teaspoon of citric acid to help avoid limescale from building up.
Bring the water to boil, and continue to boil for about five minutes.
Drain the water away carefully, and leave the breast shell parts to dry on a clean cloth.
You must also clean your breast shells after each use. Separate the parts and wash with a mild cleaning solution. Then rinse thoroughly in cold water and dry on a clean cloth.
How to use?
Medela breast shells have two parts: a soft, flexible silicone membrane that feels comfortable on sensitive skin, and an outer shell with ventilation holes to allow your skin to breathe. They fit together easily:
Place the membrane on to the outer shell, ensuring it snaps on all the way around.
Put the assembled breast shell inside your bra, with the opening in the membrane centred over your nipple. The holes should point upwards.
Some of your breast milk may collect the nipple shells as you wear them. You should not feed this to your baby – pour it away when you clean the shells (see above on how to clean).