Medelas range of PersonalFit Breastshields allows mothers to choose the breastshield that is the right size for them, to ensure maximum comfort and efficiency while pumping
There are a range of sizes because one size does not fit all and it is important to have the correct fit.
A correctly fitted breastshield avoids compression of any milk ducts during pumping to ensure optimal breast emptying and maximum milk output. This will help a mother to maintain her milk production and support her lactation.
Criteria of a correct fit: With the following checklist a mother can easily check if she is using the right breastshield size:
Center the nipple in the breastshield tunnel. Turn on the pump and check the following points:
Incorrect fit: Using a too small or too large breastshield may lead to impaired milk removal because milk ducts could get blocked or milk ejection inhibited. Over time, this can result in reduced milk output.
Friction around the nipple and/or areola can cause discomfort and trauma which may cause a mother to only pump infrequently. Again, her milk production is jeopardized. Tissue breakdown due to nipple trauma carries the risk of infection and mastitis. The mother needs a different size if the shield is: