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?
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.
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. There are quite a small proportion of women that need the 36mm breastshields. If you are not sure about sizing, do consider consulting a lactation consultant.
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.