Medela Contact Nipple Shield, Small

Medela Contact Nipple Shield, Small

Medela contact nipple shields can be an effective tool for professionals and moms to manage infants with latch on problems, for moms with overactive let downs or for flat, inverted and sore nipples. Medela nipple shields enable continued breastfeeding without interruption until these problems are resolved. Special design for closer contact with baby. Available in different sizes (16 mm, 20 mm, 24 mm) consult with a lactation professional for assistance. Made without BPA safe for mom and baby. All Medela breastmilk bottles and products that come in contact with breastmilk are and always have been made without BPA. 

Main features

  • One small (20mm) nipple shield per pack
  • For latch on difficulties or flat and inverted nipples to help continue breastfeeding
  • Consult a lactation professional for assistance
  • Made without BPA

Verified reviews


Almost gave up on breastfeeding until I found these

I was cracking and it was very painful to feed. Healed up after a week of using this. Now I can feed fine without it.

Ella Fouke, AR

THESE SAVED ME (mild hyperbole)

Breastfeeding was a little challenging, nothing too worrisome but we didn’t get it right away. A lactation consultant in the hospital popped on of these on me and my baby was immediately able to latch on.This marvelous creation suctions onto your boob over the nipple comfortably, the plastic nipple is long enough that gets far enough into the babies mouth to stimulate their latch. It’s totally cheating, but when you need to just feed your baby who cares!That said, it is a little disconcerting when using these is the only way you can breastfeed your baby. We bought enough to have one at my rocking chair, bedside, in the diaper bag and an extra "just in case." They get lost, being small and clear, and it is agonizing to not find the one thing you *need* to feed your little one. But forming a dependency is the only negative thing I would say about these – and despite that we were able to ween off of them after a month or so after my son really got his technique down.I would recommend buying one and if it works for you buy several more. Worry about weaning off later.

Kathleen Greenwood, NY

Definitely recommend!!!!!

I have been EBF for almost 6 months solely because of these! They make breastfeeding SO much easier and if you are having trouble, please please please try these out before giving up. I had so many of these around the house, in my purse, in the car…if I didn’t have one, I couldn’t feed my son during the first 12 weeks or so of his life. They were a lifesaver. One day he just didn’t need them and could nurse without trouble!

Charmaine Markham, VA

Great for breastfeeding issues but it’s best to monitor for long term use

I have inverted nipples and I’m so thankful that my recovery room nurse just handed me this after about 15 minutes of manhandling my boobs trying to make breastfeeding work. I used them for about a month and I have to say, if you are having trouble feeding or have a lot of pain, these are fantastic. I probably would have quit breastfeeding if it weren’t for them. That said, at about the 3 week mark I started to notice some serious issues. My baby was taking an hour and a half to feed, every feeding. It was exhausting. When she would finish she was still fussing. At that point I had wanted to just always use the shields instead of trying regular because it seemed easier. I went to a lactation consultant who, after a weighted feeding and follow up, determined that what was happening was the shield was slowing down my baby’s ability to get milk as she grew which was in turn causing a dip in supply. She was underweight as a result. We caught it right on time and I was very lucky that my baby easily weaned. I think the month of using them helped draw out the nipple enough that she hasn’t had a problem with regular feeding since. So yes this product is super awesome and it can definitely help, just make sure that you constantly monitor your baby’s feeding habits and growth. This is also not to say that this problem will happen to everyone, I’m sure many people use these long term without issue, just something to be aware of. I would also like to note that these only come in packs of one. It’s good to have several so you’re not constantly washing them, especially at night or if you drop it.

Edith Warrenton, OR


I love that this shield its not gigantic like so many other brands! Works well…but doesn’t last forever…starts to curl up on babys face after many uses.

Patricia Rhodell, WV

Game changer

My baby came at 36 weeks so breastfeeding has been more of a long term exercise plan than an instant hit. I got a 24 mm shield from the hospital – didn’t work at all, my baby’s mouth just couldn’t stretch it. The lactation consultant gave us a 20 mm shield with the little cut out for her breathing the day after we ordered this. The 20 mm was definitely a better size. When this Medela one arrived I was disappointed there was no breathing cut out. I left it on the counter for a couple days until miraculously my baby wanted to try breast feeding 2 feedings in a row and the other one was dirty. I actually far prefer this one. The plastic is just a bit thicker which makes it stick to my boob better and not slide off so easily when the baby gets a little flailing in her frustration that my nipple doesn’t produce milk quite like the bottle. The second time I used this shield, she fed for 45 minutes in the night and when she was done had a big ole streak of milk down her cheek – clearly she’d gotten something!If the standard 24 mm nipple seems too big for you babe – don’t hesitate, order this one. If you’re annoyed at how easily your shield slides off, 1st make sure you’re applying it correctly (you kind of have to suction your nipple into it and then flick it up), then try out this shield, it’s worked much better for me.

Wendi New Ulm, TX

If you have to use the dreaded nipplie shield…

This is the one to use. The contact one did not work well for me at all – it just doesn’t stick on as well. One word of caution make sure you don’t accidentally have the shield turned inside out; this happened to me one day and I thought I had a sudden huge drop in supply. After much panicking I realized it was flipped inside out from the last washing and when we got it right everything was back to normal. Also these do quickly get cloudy and dirty looking even after cleaning after each use and boiling regularly. I only used for the first few weeks with both my babies so it wasn’t a huge problem.

Willa Harrison, MT


Works well for flat or inverted nipples. I use the Skip Hop pacifier pod to keep it clean and free of lint in my bag.

Stacy Woodville, AL

These didn’t work for me

These didn’t work for me at all. For myself it would actually be a one star but I didn’t go to a lactation specialist to find the correct size so it’s possible that I sized myself wrong and that’s why it didn’t work so I didn’t want to rate too negatively. I’ve read that you shouldn’t use these anyway however for a period of time breast feeding was so painful I was willing to try anything. I ordered two since I saw in reviews only one was included. Then once I received it I realized that was silly since you only feed from one side at a time you really don’t need two. But I never once was able to get my son to latch on using these things so it was a total waste for me. However I wouldn’t totally rule out user error.

Viola Mount Freedom, NJ

a life saver

i have invertible nipples and that was the best invention ever!!!it helped me a lot during the first 3 monhs, after that my nipple was ok with out it. I tell all my friend about ir because it saved me from pain. i love it sooooo much!!!

Lessie Newell, IA