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  Use of Nipple Shields in Breastfeeding


Of all the breastfeeding gear you might encounter, it's a sure bet that none is more controversial than the nipple shield. One recent review article by McKechnie and Eglash concludes that available research "does not provide evidence for safety or effectiveness"--and yet nipple shields remain very common in the U.S., used by mothers who are said to have flat nipples, or those whose babies seem to need help latching onto the breast. However, nipple shields do not come without their problems. Use of nipple shields should be carefully planned and monitored. This program will touch upon what you need to know about nipple shields. When can they be a help? When a hindrance? What are some signs that a mother might benefit from their use? When should they not be recommended? How should they be used--and how should use be stopped?

This Program is Best For:

  • Lactation consultants
  • Nurses
  • Dietitians
  • Doulas
  • Midwives
  • Anyone in a position to promote breastfeeding with pregnant women.
Helpful For:
Love to learn at your own pace? This learning program is for you! You can take it along with you on your MP3 player, and re-play as many times as you wish!
  • Downloadable MP3 audio file
  • Electronic multiple-choice post-test
  • Downloadable and Printable Certificate of Completion in PDF format
Time Allotment:
The number of hours needed to complete this program is approximately 2.

  • Use of Nipple Shields in Breastfeeding
Expiration Date:
This program expires 6 months from the date of purchase. Program expiration dates can be extended at the discretion of Breastfeeding Outlook.

Continuing Education Credits Included:
  • 1.5 L-CERPs
  • 1.5 contact hours
CERPs for topic areas of the IBCLC Detailed Content Outline:
  • 1.5 in Clinical Skills
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