Before we get into some of the solutions available for your incorrectly fitting flanges, let’s really look into the nipple and the tunnel. This basically applies to those with smaller nipples, so if your issue needs bigger flanges then scroll down.
Confirming Your Size
|Breast Pump Flange Too Large|
Let’s ask a couple of questions:
- Is there less of a gap now? If the gap has reduced between the side wall of the tunnel and the side of your nipple, then you might have a decent fit.
- How much of the areola is left at the base of the tunnel? If it’s only a very small amount (just a few millimeters), Then you might already have an okay fit.
This is THE max gap that you should tolerate. A bit of areola is alright and we feel this isn't significant enough to worry about to much. You should still get a decent milk flow and if this is your nipple with a 21mm shield you don't have a lot of choices.
Nipples & Induced Lactation
Basically and briefly, if you really haven’t experienced breast tenderness a little growth in the size of your breasts, then you may not be taking enough Progesterone. Your nipple size dilemma could simply be that you haven’t experienced enough pregnancy hormonal changes to “Trick” the breasts into their development pregnant state.
|Mustang Nipple Enlargement Kit|
There are other devices out there similar and most of these suction devices should work as long as it has a device for pumping air out (vacuuming) and drawing in the nipple. The suction cups you use with your fingers may not be adequate suction for your nipples.
This process isn’t something you could accomplish in just a couple of days so if you are inducing for a child on the way you probably won’t have enough time. Ideally you’d want to do this a couple of months or so before inducing lactation or becoming pregnant. This solution may not be good for those who are already lactating as the cylinders would simply be filled with milk and the vacuum would be lost or weakened.
Mustang Nipple Enlargement Kit
Pumpin’ Pal Soft Shields
|Pumpin Pal Angled Breastshields|
"When my daughter Annie was born, my wife Janene was excited to give our daughter the fantastic gift of mother's milk. As we began our experience with breastfeeding, we had issues with Annie latching on right away. Undeterred, Janene made the choice to pump exclusively with a commitment of at least six months, and hopefully much longer."
Contact Pumpin’ Pals
Simply, this site has plenty of parts for Medela pumps including a more rare 21mm insert for the standard 24mm “all-in-one” shield/connector combo that doesn’t separate like the “PersonalFit” breast shields.
This site also carries an XXXL 40mm shield for those that need the very very large sizes.
MyBreastPump.com XXXL 40mm Shield
From what we have learned, Medela isn’t supporting the SoftFit Shields. However you may be able to get them on Amazon.com. Simply search for "Medela SoftFit".
Ameda Breast Care Custom Fir Flanges
Ameda Offers Flange sizes that are quite different to Medela and this might be the perfect solution for those that doubt the fit of the Medela sizes but don’t need anything larger than 36mm or smaller than 21mm.
|Hand Expressing Breast Milk|
For more Information on Hand Expressing, please view the Hand Expressing category.