by Teri McCown, RN, and Elizabeth Kirts, MPH, ICCE IBCLC RLC
Abstract: The use of nipple shields is not new. They have been used for many years but there is a current trend for more frequent use on many postpartum units. Unfortunately, their use does not increase the longevity of breastfeeding but instead often results in early termination of breastfeeding and/or supplemental feeding. Quality improvement on evidence-based lactation practices in the postpartum unit increases successful breastfeeding and decreases the use of nipple shields. Please view our journal to read the full article, and other articles in this quarter’s International Journal of Childbirth Education. You must be logged in to your account to view the Journal.