Medela PersonalFit Breastshields are designed to accommodate different nipple sizes. They are available in five different sizes, allowing mothers to choose exactly the right breastshield size for them to ensure maximum comfort and output whilst expressing milk. Pumping should be comfortable!
- PersonalFit Breastshields are available in the following sizes: Small (21mm), Medium (24mm), Large (27mm), Extra Large (30mm), and XX Large(36mm).
How do you know which size breastshields to order?
A very good question. There are no set rules as to which size breastshield will work for you. There is a certain element of trial and error involved. The majority of women are quite comfortable using the medium size breastshield but here are a few guidelines that may help.
When pumping, the nipple should be pulled down comfortably into the shield and you should feel as though the pumped breasts are empty when you are finished. If you have large nipples and they rub against the inside of the shield when you pump causing some discomfort (and maybe even incomplete emptying of the breast) it may be time to try a size larger breastshield. If pumping is actually painful to the nipple it may be time to go up a couple of sizes.
If the nipple is not pulled down into the breastshield tube when pumping it might be an idea to try a smaller shield.
Using a breastshield that is the wrong size for you can lead to decreased milk production. If you are not sure about breastshield size, you may well want to consult a Lactation Consultant.