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I bought these when my children were about five weeks old as I was fed up of seeing how much milk was being wasted while I was expressing/feeding from one side.
The shells are hard plastic domes with a soft silicone backing which clips on around the edge. They are placed over the breast with the nipple through a hole in the baacking. This means that all leaking milk runs down into the shell and can then be poured into a bottle/milk storage container.
Two sets of shells are supplied in the pack, one with ventilation holes for if the milk is not going to be kept and one without holes for milk which is going to be stored.
I also use my shells to collect milk which I hand express when my babies don't latch on properly and I need to drain a painful duct. Again I can then store this instead of throwing it away.
I did assume that I would be able to use these anywhere but they really are very, very obvious so I only use them at home.
These are ingenius!
I bought them while breastfeeding my daughter because I was absolutely fed up of breastmilk leaking all over my clothes while baby was feeding from the other breast (breast pads could not contain my leakage!). Nobody tells you when you feed your baby that both boobs will spring into action at once and you are just like a leaking tap...
On the pack it says it contains - '1 pair of breast milk collection shells' and '1 pair of ventilated breast shells' - these are both the same thing, except one set has little holes at the top, so in fact your are just getting 4 breast shells. You also get 1 pair of 'ultrasoft silicone backing cushions' - which are rubbery shields which fit around the breast shell and it is this soft rubber that rests on your breast. The shells have little feet on them so that when you have collected some milk, you can just put it on the side and it won't roll away and spill everywhere, although if you are clumsy like me you will probably knock it over anyway... They also have little pouring spouts to make it easier to transfer the collected milk into another container.
Anyway, these became my breastfeeding companions, as I just used to slip one in my bra over the breast that wasn't being fed from and the leaking milk just used to drip straight in and I used to be able to collect quite a bit, and then when I swapped sides I'd just put one in the other side, but never quite collected as much! But it saved me from having to change my bra & top everytime I fed my daughter.
The fact that you can collect milk this way, whilst feeding, is great because it saves the hassle of using a breast pump (something that I could never get the hang of), and even though you are only collecting small amounts at a time, over the course of the day you will probably collect enough for one feed, that is if you plan to give your baby a bottle (I never did). I actually found this spare milk extremely handy when I first weaned my daughter because I used to mix it in with her food so it had a familiar taste and would therefore break her in gently to the world of solid food. It's also handy just to have it on standby in the freezer, just in case...
It also says on the box that the ventilated breast shells help ease engorgement and protects sore or cracked nipples. I never used them for this purpose and probably wouldn't recommend it unless you were really suffering. The main reason being that once they are in your bra it makes your boobs look a really funny shape, so I would just save them for use at feeding times!!
I've been asked to add a price and where you can buy them. I can't remember what I paid or where I got them from, but a quick search has revealed they can be bought from Mothercare for £9.99.
These ultrasoft breast shells are worn inside your bra to protect your nipples from chafing and to collect leaking breast milk. Ventilated Shells - protect sore or cracked nipples to help them heal more quickly. Their gentle pressure helps relieve engorge