Nipple shields are frequently recommended for parents and babies who have difficulties with latching or breastfeeding. But it’s important to know when a nipple shield is really necessary and what some of the advantages and disadvantages are before you start using them! In this video, Occupational Therapist and Certified Lactation Counselor, Dr. Sarah Johnson explains when nipple shields may be beneficial and what the potential risks and benefits are. Before you start using a nipple shield and throughout the process, you should consult with a lactation professional to ensure you are using it correctly and benefitting both you and your baby. If you have any questions about lactation counseling or your infant’s development, please reach out to us at Emerge!