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Medela nipple shield you’ve allowed me to feed, Pulling my flat nipples to meet my baby’s need. Click To Tweet
Medela nipple shield you’ve allowed me to feed,
Pulling my flat nipples to meet my baby’s need.
I nearly gave up hope until you came along,
She’s now sat at them, for hours, for a year long.
My breastfeeding journey hasn’t been a simple one
But without you, I’m so sure my milk would’ve gone.
The little yellow box contains her brilliant straw
And now she, sweetly, goes for it when she wants more.

For the year, surprisingly, I only needed two.
A blissful year seeing my milk, as they’re see-through.
If you have inverted nipples you can still nurse,
These shields made my days better, when I feared the worse.
Her latch was always good and so I thought I’d lost
But I’m so glad I tried these, it was well worth the cost.
She’s taken my immunity, thrived in a year.
To the best yellow box, that made my milk appear.

Mama Grace


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  1. So sweet. First I love your poetry, and second – isn’t it great when we find something that makes our lives easier or better? I’m so glad you were still able to nurse your little one. It’s such a great bonding time.

    • Thank you so much. I’m grateful for you reading it and enjoying it. Yes, some things take a while to work out but when you do it’s great. I’m so happy.

  2. I clicked on your link on #stayclassymama expecting it to be a dull review. How lovely to read such a gorgeous poem – the Medela shield helped my breastfeeding journey too, and I’m so grateful.

  3. Wow, a review in rhyme! Lovely.
    Never used one of these…I would say ‘next time’ but there isn’t going to be a next time!
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub

  4. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    Glad you managed to have a positive experience and fab to have it in rhyme 🙂 #coolmumclub

  5. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    I’ve breastfed all 3 of my babies but the early days were certainly tricky, popping back from #sharingthebloglove

  6. This is so touching, I also struggled with breast feeding for different reasons and gave up after just 3 weeks which I now regret if the support that is available now had been offered to me I’m sure I would have succeeded #thatfridaylinky@_karendennis

    • Thanks. My sister struggled and didn’t manage too but the lactation expert kept coming in each day and suggested these and I’ve never looked back. I have a lot to thank her for.

  7. Ah what a great twist on a review, I love it! I only fed my first very briefly but I remember it being incredibly painful, I should have tried something like this before I gave up. Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  8. I’m so pleased these worked so well for you! I remember sending my husband out for nipple shields in those early weeks with my son, as I was convinced that we didn’t have the latch right as it hurt so much. But when it still hurt even with the nipple shields I was reassured that we were doing ok, and it gradually started to get easier and less painful. So they did their job I guess! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Thanks. Yeah, she couldn’t get hold of them, then we tried these and they kind of were suctioned up and she had something to get hold of. They saved the day. Thanks for hosting.

  9. diynige diynige

    What a lovely poem and these look amazing Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  10. I know some people are critical of using shields, and I don’t get that. It helped us too, and whatever works and makes your life easier, more power to you. After struggling to get things going with a preemie, it was such a relief when the shields worked. #globalblogging

  11. Yay! I am always in favor of a well-fed baby but I’m even more happy when mommy gets to feed the way she planned to! #GlobalBlogging

  12. Medela Sheilds paid a main role in making breastfeeding easy for me, highly recommend. Every women should know about these because the ones I had made for a perfect latch EVERY time. #blogcrush

  13. Lovely poem, i am currently pregnant with baby number 2 and im so anxious and nervous because i really want to bf but i hate getting stares! thats why i didnt bf my 1st born because i was so anxious about it … have you got any words of wisdom please? #KCACOLS

    • Thank you! Gosh, you can go through all the health benefits for you and baby and that is motivating, we all know them but it can still be difficult, so make sure you do what’s right for you mentally and baby is fed. After that I would say I experienced embarrassment when other people became obsessed with me covering up or concerned with what others would think. It’s surprising how as a society we’re trained towards formula, breast milk is not marketed because no one makes any money. When you start thinking about how others will judge you with anything you go in your head and it’s not fun. So have fun. Maybe find an affirmation as you’re doing it that you say in your head. Mine was about well being. It calmed me down, when it was difficult and focused me. I have massive boobs and on top of that have to attach a nipple shield and then her, so take your moment for them. Take your time. I have seen more flesh on display for non breastfeeding reasons and I think people are drawn because it’s one of the most beautiful things to watch. She lifted every bit of cloth I draped over me but I had some good nursing tops, which I think were modest, considering what I used to wear. The nursing T shirts were cheap from ASOS, I brought long and short sleeves and once she was on all you could see was her head. Also, if you can, join a breastfeeding support group. You may not be able to go all the time but talking helps. If in doubt use what’s available to you, call on breastfeeding support. You can try the breastfeeding feeding bib cover up type things but she did lift them frequently. As with anything remind yourself positively about how well you’re doing. Whether you’re breastfeeding or not. Good luck!

      • Thank you for you’re reply, I have joined a bf group on facebook so far I’m seeing a lot of positive stuff and feels a lot more normal but it’s still going to be difficult for me to say I’m bf to my partner and everyone because they are quite old fashioned in the sense they think boobs are meant to be hidden. Xx thank you though

        • You’re welcome. Maybe your mantra should be I’m feeding the old fashioned way. Seriously, keep going and enjoy it.

  14. What lovely words! You clearly are a talented poet! We used Medela as well, by we I mean my wife used the machine to express, I got it set up, sterilised the bottles etc. Great post! #PoCoLo

    • Hahaha I’d hand over the sterilisation any day, that’s the boring bit. It’s those small things that make for the best partners in parenting.

  15. Lucy At Home Lucy At Home

    Wow a review in rhyme is quite a feat! Everyone’s journey is different and I’m so pleased to hear that you were able to find a way to breastfeed, like you wanted to. It’s a lovely feeling when your little one is contentedly nursing. #blogcrush

  16. I have never read a review written quite like that before. Lovely. I never used a nipple shield but my sister in law did for quite a while and she also swears by it. Thank you for sharing with #StayClassyMama

  17. Oh this is so sweet – I love it! I couldn’t have managed without the medela shields with my first either! I honestly think I would have quit nursing without them. With the help of the shields and a bit of bottle too I was able to keep nursing my 99 percentile baby for a year!!! Whatever works hey?! xx #HappyDaysLinky

  18. I know someone who swore by these for her entire breastfeeding journey, well over a year. It’s fab that there is such a wonderfully helpful product out there for women that want to breastfeed but are struggling.

    Thanks for linking up.

  19. I wish I’d known about these before… I tried a different brand but they made things even worse & more painful! I generally struggled with BF with both my boys which to this day makes me so upset and guilty, and I must admit I feel a tinge of jealousy when I see other Mums doing it so effortlessly and carrying on with BF for months, if not years! xx #HappyDaysLinky

    • They are fed and happy, so no guilt needed. We try are best with what we have, I was lucky to have people to help find a solution and introduce the shields to me.

  20. These sound fantastic, breastfeeding is so hard I couldn’t handle it in the beginning. The Lansinoh nipple cream saved my life. Luckily I had really supportive midwives and kept pushing on. I’m so happy this worked out for you! Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!

    • Yes! I needed so much nipple cream to hand express. The machine wouldn’t work for me but that’s a whole new poem. I think the support is key.

  21. Love the poetry – glad you found something that worked for you both, must make all the difference. Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

    • bardsforbabes bardsforbabes

      Agree. I never had to use them for my second baby, as they had been pulled so much by my first.

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