Best Nipple Shields in 2021
Updated 23-02-2021 – Lucy Walters
Nipple shields are thin and flexible silicone covers placed over your breast to help with certain breastfeeding problems. According to the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM) however, only a small number of mums benefit from these shields, so the best initial approach they recommend is to consult a health professional for one-on-one support before using a nipple shield.
Things to Consider When Buying Nipple Shields
In case your healthcare provider has advised you to try using nipple shields, here is a quick guide of what to look for when buying one, as recommended by the ABM.
Choose a shield size that has a closer fit to the size of the base of your nipple. Poorly-fitting shields may end up causing you more problems instead of helping, such as reduced milk transfer and pain.
Go for Contact Nipples
Contact nipple shields are those that come with cutaway pieces, allowing your baby’s nose or chin to remain pressed onto your breasts, just like when you are breastfeeding naturally without any aids. The ABM recommends this type of shield over shields where your baby’s nose is pressing against plastic.
|Medela Contact Nipple Shield||Best product||9.4|
|Koala Babycare Nipple Shields||Premium product||9.2|
|NUK Silicone Nipple Shields||Value product||8.7|
|MAM Nipple Shields||Best size range||9|
|Lansinoh Contact Nipple Shield||Best surface design||8.9|
|Elvie Pump Breast Shield||Best nipple shape design||8.8|
|Haakaa Nipple Shield||Best for use when pumping||8.8|
|Suavinex Nipple Shields||Best anti-colic design||8.7|
|Medela PersonalFit Breast Shield||Best storage case design||8.9|
|Welnove Invisible Nipple Shields||Best multipack set||8.6|
1 Medela Contact Nipple Shield
Medela is a Swiss brand with a focus on two products: breastfeeding aids, such as breast pumps and nipple shields, and medical vacuum technology solutions.
The Medela Contact Nipple Shield features a BPA-free nipple shield available in three standard sizes of 16 mm, 20 mm, and 24 mm.
It features a thin silicone design, which is great for giving your little one a breastfeeding experience as close to the real unaided one as possible.
It has four nipple holes to ensure adequate flow of milk from nipple to baby and has a cut-out shape allowing your baby’s chin and nose to freely contact your breast’s skin.
Other than helping with latching problems, a lot of mums also use this nipple shield to aid in the faster healing of cracked and sore nipples, while carrying on with breastfeeding.
The Medela Contact Nipple Shield’s affordable price, the above features, and the tried and tested reputation of Medela in the breastfeeding space, make this our top pick for the best of the best nipple shields available in the UK for 2021.
2 Koala Babycare Nipple Shields
Koala Babycare is an Italian company specialising in various baby care products, such as nipple shields and maternity pillows.
The Koala Babycare Nipple Shields features two pure silver shields that are ideal for helping with the faster healing of nipple cracks and sores.
It has an ergonomic, thin, and lightweight design allows you to wear it discreetly, people wouldn’t even notice that you were wearing one. It comes in two sizes of regular and maxi, so you have one that perfectly fits your nipple size.
It’s also eco-friendly as it can be reused. Because of the natural antibacterial properties of silver, washing these nipple shields is as easy as soaking in baking soda for a few minutes or rinsing with warm water and a drop of mild soap before drying with a soft cloth.
Finally, it comes in a suede sachet so you can store your silver nipple shields when not in use.
Because it is pure silver, the Koala Babycare Nipple Shields is relatively expensive. However, if budget is the least of your concerns, then this may be your best option for the speedy healing of cracked nipples and for use as a preventative measure for inflammation and soreness brought about by breastfeeding.
3 NUK Silicone Nipple Shields
NUK is an American company focusing on a wide range of baby feeding products, such as bottles, breast pumps, soothers, and the like.
If you are looking for an inexpensive nipple shield that does the job, the NUK Silicone Nipple Shields is the cheapest on this list and may be your best option.
It features a unique triangular cutaway design, allowing your little one to be in close contact with your skin as possible. It comes in two sizes of medium and large at 20 mm and 24 mm respectively.
It’s also made of smooth and ultra-thin silicone material, to enhance the natural feel for your baby.
Another great feature is that the inside of the shields come lined with soft studs, which helps enhance the stimulation of milk flow.
Cleaning is as easy as using warm water and soap to wash or sterilising with the use of a dedicated NUK steriliser. A carry case is also conveniently included to maintain the cleanliness of your shields when not in use.
4 MAM Nipple Shields
Best size range
Mam Baby is an Austrian company focused on a wide range of baby care products and infant developmental toys.
The Mam Nipple Shield comes available in two sizes of 1 and 2, allowing you to pick the one that has a closer fit to your nipples.
The design comes with a dimpled surface to allow air to circulate between your baby’s skin and the nipple shield.
The shields are made of super silky and soft silicone and made as thin as possible, to allow maximum skin-to-skin contact between you and your baby.
It’s innovative shape also allows your baby’s nose and chin to be in direct contact with your skin, allowing them to still smell you and feel you while you feed them with the aid of the nipple shield.
Finally, the Mam Baby Nipple Shields come with a sterilisable case which you can use to hold the shields when not in use and is also convenient during travels. For more health products, check out our guide on nappy rash cream to help your baby feel comfortable.
5 Lansinoh Contact Nipple Shield
Best surface design
Lansinoh is an American company dedicated to the design and manufacture of breastfeeding-related products. They are well-known for their nipple cream, which is popular for helping breastfeeding mothers with their sore and cracked nipples.
The Lansinoh Contact Nipple Shields comes in a set of two shields with your choice of two sizes: either a 20 mm or a 24 mm.
It is made of super-thin, ultra-soft, and flexible BPA and BPS-free silicone material to enhance the “breast-like” feel.
It also comes with a special cut out design to maximise skin-to-skin contact between yourself and your baby.
The standout feature of the Lansinoh Contact Nipple Shields is its more rounded nipple shape design, which closely resembles that of your real nipples, further encouraging your baby to latch on.
6 Elvie Pump Breast Shield
Best nipple shape design
Elvie is a British company specialising in smart technology for women. Their main products include smart breast pumps and pelvic floor exercisers.
The Elvie Pump Breast Shield features a two-pack nipple shield available in three sizes of 21 mm, 24 mm, or 28 mm, which is certainly a wider range of sizes to choose from, compared to the other shields on this list.
It is specifically designed to protect and enhance the healing of cracked and sore nipples while you are pumping. It is designed primarily for use with the Elvie wearable breast pump.
It has a special unique fitting system and is constructed from durable BPA-free plastic material and is designed to be resistant to discolouration. All these features ensure that you can use these shields for longer. Cleaning is also super easy as these nipple shields are dishwasher safe.
7 Haakaa Nipple Shield
Best for use when pumping
Haakaa is a family-owned and run New Zealand brand specialising in breastfeeding-related products.
The Haakaa nipple shield features a unique anti-colic and variable flow nipple shield design. It is also BPA, PVC, and phthalate-free, so you don’t have to worry about any toxic materials hurting your little one.
Although it comes as single size, the nipple shield was designed in such a way that it suctions onto all breast sizes.
One of the best features of the Haakaa Nipple Shield is its extended teat space, leaving a gap between the mother’s nipple and the nipple shield head, which is great for preventing your baby from biting the nipple, subsequently preventing you from developing even more pain from that already cracked and sore nipples. Use biodegradable wipes when needing to clean up.
8 Suavinex Nipple Shields
Best anti-colic design
Suavinex is a Spanish company focusing on a wide range of baby care products. The Suavinex Nipple Shields comes as a set of two ultra-thin and super soft silicone shields to allow your little one to breastfeed as normal.
It comes in two sizes of medium and small, which gives you the option of choosing which size matches your nipple size best.
It is relatively inexpensive, and it’s the perfect nipple shield to use for travel or to keep in your bag as it comes in a discrete hygienic storage box shaped like a compact mirror – no one will ever guess you have a nipple shield stored in there.
9 Medela PersonalFit Breast Shield
Best storage case design
The PersonalFit Breast Shield range is another nipple shield product from Medela.
The difference between this one and the standard nipple shield is that the Personalfit aims to provide the best fit as much as possible, which is why the range has five different sizes to choose from.
Another standout feature of this nipple shield is its 105-degree angle design, which is excellent at helping improve the fit and enhance better milk flow.
It has a smooth, flexible, and soft rim, allowing an easy attachment and breastfeeding experience for both you and the little one.
10 Welnove Invisible Nipple Shields
Best multipack set
Welnove is a Chinese manufacturer that has a special interest in the design and manufacture of various healthcare-related products for children and adults of all ages.
The Welnove Nipple Shields comes in one-size fits most people design but has an adjustable suction grip allowing you to tailor the shield suction according to your most comfortable and functional placement.
It uses hypoallergenic and high-quality silicone material to avoid irritating your baby’s sensitive skin.
This nipple shield set comes in a portable case, so you don’t have to worry about misplacing them or contaminating them dirty when out and about.
These nipple shields are also extremely durable and washable, allowing you to maintain a hygienic longer-term use.
The best and standout feature of the Welnove Nipple Shield range is that their standard pack contains four nipple shields, which is always a great deal as when you are breastfeeding a newborn, you can never have too many nipple shields to protect your nipple from further injury and pain.
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