Medela SoftShells for Sore Nipples

Medela SoftShells for Sore Nipples

Medela softshells help solve some of the most common problems faced by breastfeeding women nipple soreness, flat or inverted nipples, and engorgement. Softshells are comfortable to wear while alleviating these conditions. Soft, flexible backs for superior comfort. Low profile design for a natural appearance under clothes. 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

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  • Polypropylene
  • Imported
  • Designed for sore nipples
  • Soft, flexible backs
  • Natural appearance under clothes
  • Made without BPA
  • Designed for sore nipples
  • Soft, flexible backs
  • Natural appearance under clothes
  • Made without BPA

Verified reviews

★★★★★

Lifesaver!! With a catch

My nipples were extremely painful in the first few weeks. My breasts were too large for my daughter to handle for the first 2-3 weeks, so I was pumping every two hours. Needless to say this wore my nipples out very quickly. These shells – which my mother (a lactation consultant) suggested – were a lifesaver. Allowing my nipples to air dry helped them heal and provided relief from the friction of a bra or nursing pad. HOWEVER, they also encourage excretion from the nipples and, thus, would fill up pretty quickly. If you didn’t feed/pump frequently and/or check on them often, there was often a good chance that they would overflow, or be so full that the slightest leaning forward would cause them to spill. I think they would work better if you could find a material more absorbant than the foam inserts provided. Once you are aware of the problem, though, it’s easily managed. Overall, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.

Tia Carolina Beach, NC
★★★★★

I loved this product.

These can definitely be a life saver during the first 1-2 weeks when you don’t want compression on the nipple and you want them to air dry. I have small breasts so I could wear them in any bra, and I didn’t have a huge leakage problem, so I changed the foam twice a day.The only problem I had was that my skin broke out where the rubber rested against it. I think it got damp and wasn’t allowed to breathe because it cleared up within 48 hours after I stopped using them. Bottom line: the relief was worth any minor inconvenience.

Benita Calabasas, CA
★★★★★

Preferred to TheraShells

I have both types, TheraShells and SoftShells. I have to say, there are significant differences. SoftShells have soft backing, the shell is a bit bigger and on the breasts under bra they look more natural than TheraShells. TheraShells look like you stuffed a mushroom under your bra. It looks really funny. Not so with SoftShells. The feeling compared to TheraShells is also different. While one feels wearing TheraShells, when wearing SoftShells, you can forget about them. The only thing what is bad on them are those holes what start already in about a half of the shelf. If your milk leaks a bit more, you’ll have to check it frequently. Next thing – don’t bend over. Seriously. Ever.

Callie Fieldon, IL
★★★★★

OK

I found these to really help heal my nipples but found they left a sore ring around the outer edge of my breast from pushing into skin under my bra and were not comfortable to wear. Would rec. to help heal but discontinue use asap.

Eugenia Madison, WI
★★★★★

Did my research

I rarely will buy anything without looking at reviews. This works fine at protecting me even with some of the issues I had prior to giving birth.

Michelle Yukon, MO
★★★★★

They made painful circles just outside the nipple for me

Although they seem helpful for certain situations, I wasn’t too impressed. I’m still glad that I have them in case someday they prove helpful.

Dianne Montegut, LA
★★★★★

girlfriend said they were the best

my girlfriend complained of her nipples being sore from breast feeding and these had great reviews so i got them.she loved them, they dont touch ur nipple to aggravate it yet still catches any leakage

Arlene Harbinger, NC
★★★★★

Relief, with one caveat…

These shells gave me instant relief from sore nipples associated with breastfeeding. However, know that breast shells can increase milk production (ask your lactation consultant or doctor, or just Google it). This may be fine or even welcomed for some mothers, but for me, it was an undesired side effect. Still, because they worked so well, I’d definitely use them again!

Jaclyn Los Olivos, CA
★★★★★

Saved the tatas!

I was almost ready to give up breastfeeding and resort to full-time pumping before I tried these. My nipples were extremely sore, raw, and tender, and I would tear up whenever my son latched on. It was ruining the whole breastfeeding experience for me, and I felt so guilty! I got these SoftShells and within a few days my nipples felt a million times better. They keep the nipple erect, which helps with latching, and the air-circulation has healed the cracks and raw areas. They are a little awkward to get used to at first (think of wearing a ‘cup’ on your boobs), but I find that they are pretty discreet under my clothes, especially when worn with a nursing bra/top. My only complaint is that the cups can fill up sometimes (if you have a let down between feedings), and if you’re not careful you can leak out when you bend over or to the side, even with the foam inserts. So be sure to check them, like whenever you go to the restroom. Its amazing how much milk can collect in them… Small inconvenience compared to how beneficial these SoftShells are!! Don’t give up on breastfeeding ladies!

Myrtle Silverdale, WA
★★★★★

relief

These really helped me the first few months of nursing. I nursed three children before I found these and my nipples were so sore that I couldn’t even stand the feel of the soft nursing pads against them. These gave me some relief and also the very gentle pressure makes your nipple easier for the baby to latch onto. It sort of shapes them forward, if that makes sense. I also like that I could throw them in the dishwasher on the top rack.

Liza Richfield, NE
★★★★★

A+

I bought these when my daughter was in the nicu and I was exclusively pumping for her. I had Raw, cracked, and sometimes bleeding nipples from it. These were a godsend. I actually just passed them off to my best friend who just had her baby and was having similar issues (is that gross? Oh well).

Myrna Summerville, OR
★★★★★

I could wear a bra and shirt again!

The first few weeks of breastfeeding were excruciatingly painful for me! I was unable to have any cloth pressed against me, which meant I was in pain even going to the doctor’s office to be checked out. Finally I found these shells and wore them with a light bra. The relief was fantastic! I highly recommend them to anyone with raw or tender nipples.

Margaret Germantown, WI
★★★★★

Thank you medela!! Love you!

Can’t recommend this enough.I had a horrible case of thrush. This was the only thing that helped me honestly.

Tami Deatsville, AL
★★★★★

Relief for sore nipples!

I couldn’t stand the feel of my nipples resting against my bra or shirt, so these were a savior. They have their own problems though… just have to weigh the pros and cons. The breathing holes allow for milk to leak through when I forget and bend over. Remember that the opposite breast will let down when you start feeding, and the sponges do not soak up all of my milk. Also, they irritate my aereolas.

Holly Bartow, GA