Choosing the right size PersonalFit™ Breastshield
If you are using a breastpump to remove milk for your baby, it is very important that you have correctly-fitted breastshields. The breastshield is the part of the pump kit that fits directly over your nipple and forms a seal around the areola (the darkened part of your breast). The breastpump works by creating a vacuum, which gently draws your nipple into the tunnel of the breastshield – just like your baby would draw it into the mouth with sucking.
A correctly-fitted breastshield will make your pumping comfortable and allow the pump to remove as much of your milk as possible each time you pump. Medela PersonalFit™ breastshields are available in five sizes: Medium (24mm), which is the size that comes with Medela’s breastpump kits; Small (21 mm), Large (27 mm), Extra Large (30 mm), and XX Large (36mm). Medela’s breastpump kits make it easy to use a larger or smaller breastshield, because all sizes are designed to fit into the same connector on the kit.
Many women appear to benefit from a size other than the standard 24 mm breastshield.
It is almost impossible to tell which size breastshield is the best fit without watching the nipple movement during pumping.
The following tips will help you determine whether a different size breastshield would be right for you. Remember the word ‘COMFY’ to determine whether you might need a different size breastshield. The term was designed to help you remember five specific guidelines about breastshield sizing. The following identifies these five guidelines: ‘COMFY’