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Medela SoftShells for Sore Nipple - 2ct

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$16.59 when purchased online

About this item

Highlights

  • Designed to protect sore nipples
  • Contoured for a smoother look under clothes
  • Soft, flexible backs for comfort
  • Vented to allow air circulation
  • Foam inserts absorb excess breast milk
  • Helps keep nipples dry and prevent further irritation
  • All parts that touch breast milk are made without BPA and safe for mom and baby

Description

Medela SoftShells™ for Sore Nipples help solve some of the most common problems faced by breastfeeding women – nipple soreness and flat or inverted nipples. SoftShells are comfortable to wear while alleviating these conditions. SoftShells are to be worn between the breast and the bra. The soft, silicone backs flex to match the contoured shape of a breast, resulting in a comfortable and smooth fit that is flattering under clothing. Consult with your healthcare provider or breastfeeding specialist prior to use.
Package Quantity: 2
Material: Polypropylene
TCIN: 561211
UPC: 020451802107
Item Number (DPCI): 030-05-0643
Origin: Made in the USA and Imported
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Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 7.6 inches length x 3.7 inches width x 1.4 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.165 pounds

Return details

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This item must be returned within 90 days of the date it was purchased in store, shipped, delivered by a Shipt shopper, or made ready for pickup.
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Q: What size are these?

submitted by Pat - 5 months ago
  • A: Hi Pat--- Thank you for your question. The SoftShells for Sore Nipples come in one size, they have a diameter of 40.83mm at the opening at which the nipple would go into. We hope this is helpful!

    submitted byMedela Product Expert - 5 months ago
    Brand expert

Q: How often do these need to be washed?

submitted by K - 5 years ago
  • A: Hi K--- If you are leaking, special care must be taken to avoid the build up of dried breastmilk on the shell parts and in the foam inserts. If the foam inserts become saturated, separate the shells, backs and inserts. The shells and backs should be washed with a mild soap or detergent in warm water, rinsed thoroughly in cold water and dried. Squeeze the milk out of the foam, then rinse them twice with clean cold water. Dry them by squeezing between a clean cloth or paper towel. SoftShells™ should be sanitized once a day. If you have just used the SoftShells, the foam inserts must be cleaned separately before sanitizing. Squeeze the milk out of the foam, then rinse them twice with clean cold water. The foam insert should be rinsed whenever it gets full as well. Dry them by squeezing between a clean cloth or paper towel. Separate and place the silicone back and dome in a small pan filled with cold water. Distilled water is recommended. Bring the water to a boil and allow it to continue boiling for approximately 10 minutes. Drain off the water and place parts on a clean cloth to dry. For quicker cleaning, Medela offers Quick Clean™ Micro-Steam™bags to make sanitizing the parts easier. We also offer Quick Clean wipes that can help take the place of soap and water when washing the parts throughout the day. Shells and backs can also be put in the top rack of a dishwasher. Just be sure not to place foam inserts in a dishwasher or Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags. If you have any other questions, feel free to live chat with us on our website. We'd be happy to help! - Your Medela Customer Solutions Team

    submitted byMedela Product Expert - 5 years ago
    Brand expert

Q: Can these be used to catch any milk that might leak while you’re nursing on one side, and wearing this on the side you’re not nursing on to catch it?

submitted by Antye1998 - 6 years ago
  • A: Hi Antye1998--- No, the foam inserts are not made with materials specifically intended for food grade purposes. the Medela Soft Shells are not intended for collection or storage of breast milk, nor has the product been tested for such purpose. Please consider chatting with us on our website if you have any additional questions. Have a great day! - Your Medela Customer Service Team

    submitted byMedela Product Expert - 6 years ago
    Brand expert

Q: Can I use these while pumping?

submitted by Goldengirl - 7 years ago
  • A: Only wear breast shells during waking hours. The reason that you would only wear them during the day is so that you do not have to worry about lying on them or having them shift. If they shift they could apply pressure to the wrong area. If you are awake, you will know if they have moved out of place or if the pressure is too much and be able to adjust them. You will not be able to pump while you have them on.

    submitted byMedela Product Expert - 7 years ago
    Brand expert
4.1 out of 5 stars with 83 reviews
75% would recommend
33 recommendations
easy to clean: 4.38 out of 5
safety: 3.56 out of 5
design: 3.92 out of 5

Highly recommend

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Marina - 3 months ago, Verified purchaser
When started nursing my nips were very sore and I couldn’t have them touching the clothes. When I used them my nips had a very needed relief. I highly recommend specially the first week of nursing. They don’t appear bulky in the bra.
1 reply from Medela Product Expert team - 3 months ago
Hi Marina--- We're so glad to hear that these helped! Best wishes!
safety: 5 out of 5
easy to clean: 5 out of 5
design: 5 out of 5
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5/5 if you actually read description

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Mom - 6 months ago
I’m confused by many of the reviews. The primary purpose of this product (as found in the description) is to keep your nipples off shirts/bras, offer ventilation (hence the holes which are an intentional design, shoot they even include washable inserts to soak up any milk because catching the milk is NOT the purpose), and push out nipples that may be flat or inverted. It 100% delivers on those points. I wore these for 3 hours, completely forgot about them because I found them to be so comfortable, and when I took them off my nipples were sticking straight out and even had colostrum leaking out (I’m a couple weeks shy of giving birth). I’ll definitely wear these the days before I plan to give birth to give my baby the best chance at latching, and to protect sore nipples from getting enraged at the slightest bit of friction. I will say I was wearing a fitted bra to firmly keep them in place and my nipple size is about 20 mm. These fit me very well, but larger nipples may rub uncomfortably if the bra is not holding these firmly in place.
1 reply from Medela Product Expert team - 6 months ago
Hi Mom--- We're happy to know that you have had a great experience! Thank you for sharing your honest feedback. Best wishes!
easy to clean: 5 out of 5
design: 5 out of 5
safety: 5 out of 5
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AN ABSOLUTE MUST

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
KellyandKins - 6 months ago, Verified purchaser
People with bad reviews are wearing them for the wrong reasons! I use them in the first week when my milk is coming in, baby is nursing and your nipples are raw but not leaking yet. It SAVED MY LIFE AND NURSING JOURNEY! I used lanolin or coconut oil then put these on so they didn’t stick or rub to my clothes. If you’re a new mom and really want to breastfeed definitely have these!
1 reply from Medela Product Expert team - 6 months ago
Hi KellyandKins--- Thank you for sharing your feedback! We wish you all the best!
design: 5 out of 5
safety: 5 out of 5
easy to clean: 5 out of 5
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The worst catcher

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Newmom - 7 months ago
Don't get this as a new mom. This brought more pain and stress then needed. One little move it soils your bra and your baby--beyond frustrating when you need a practical and reliable device. This one just causes more problems and work.
1 reply from Medela Product Expert team - 6 months ago
Hi Newmom--- We're very sorry to hear that, this is not the experience we want for our moms. Please never hesitate to reach out to us at 800-435-8316 with any questions or concerns. Our Customer Service team would be happy to help!
design: 1 out of 5
safety: 1 out of 5
easy to clean: 4 out of 5
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Would not recommend

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Jess - 8 months ago, Verified purchaser
Leaked everywhere. Didn't absorb anything. Had to change clothes right before work.
1 reply from Medela Product Expert team - 8 months ago
Hi Jess--- We're sorry to hear about your experience, this is not what we want for our moms. Please consider contacting us at 800-435-8316 so we can do our best to help.
safety: 2 out of 5
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Not for me

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Rose - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
It does what its says but personally it was painful to use.
1 reply from Medela Product Expert team - 1 year ago
Hi Rose--- We’re sorry you’re having this experience, please contact our Customer Service team at 800-435-8316 as soon as possible so we can collect some additional information and do our best to help. When calling, please provide reference number 443484.
safety: 2 out of 5
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Spills milks

3 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Mary - 2 years ago
i bought these but it's difficult to take out the milk without some milk dropping. Also because it has holes for air ventilation on top, you can spill milk if you bend down.
1 reply from Medela Product Expert team - 2 years ago
Hi Mary--- We appreciate your honest feedback. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us at 800-435-8316 with reference number 420955 so we can do our best to assist. We're happy to help!
easy to clean: 2 out of 5
design: 2 out of 5
safety: 2 out of 5
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No bending over

4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
AS - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
I use these for catching the letdown while feeding on the other side. They are not great to just wear and go, though. They leak when bending over or moving too much.
1 reply from Medela Product Expert team - 2 years ago
Hi AS--- Thank you for sharing your honest feedback. Have a great day!
easy to clean: 5 out of 5
design: 4 out of 5
safety: 5 out of 5
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Must have

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
tracy podz - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
These work amazing for keeping your clothes from rubbing on painful nipples!
1 reply from Medela Product Expert team - 2 years ago
Hi tracy podz--- We're so glad they worked well for you!
safety: 5 out of 5
easy to clean: 5 out of 5
design: 5 out of 5
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Doesn't work for me

3 out of 5 stars
cat - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
My doctor recommended this for my super irritated nipples. I really needed it to work, and I'm really sad it doesn't. It really isn't designed for people with small breasts and nipples (a lot of breastfeeding gear isn't!). The cups are a lot larger than I thought they would be-- about 4 inches in diameter-- and the hole in the backing for the nipple is about 2.5 inches in diameter. So the hole is about 2x the size of my entire areola. What that means is that when I put them on under a bra, so much of my breast tissue gets pushed through the backing that my nipple ends up rubbing the inside of the cup. Maybe that's slightly better than it sticking to the inside of my bra? I'm not sure. But the backing also left really deep, painful indents in my skin after only an hour or so.
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Life saver!

5 out of 5 stars
Amyow - 5 years ago
originally posted on medela.com
These are amazing! Not only does it protect my tender nipples, but collecting the let down milk is an amazing feature! Soft pads just absorb and stick to nipples, wasting all that milk! This is my 3rd child and I wish I had discovered them sooner!
1 reply from Your Customer Solutions Team team - 5 years ago
Hi Amyow--- Thank you so much for the great feedback. We're happy that you have had such a great experience. Enjoy!
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Saved my tender nipples!

4 out of 5 stars
hannahlavinia - 5 years ago
originally posted on medela.com
I received these in the hospital when I first started breastfeeding. My nipples were so tender, so it hurt to wear anything or for anything to touch my nipples. These saved my nipples from a lot of pain! And they caught milk/colostrum that leaked. I highly recommend!! You do have to be careful not to bend over or you spill the milk that is caught.
1 reply from Your Customer Solutions Team team - 5 years ago
Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback! It's great to know that they were able to help provide you some relief!
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Good idea but fell short.

3 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Unhappy - 5 years ago, Verified purchaser
I was looking for anything that might help with my sore chapped nipples. Now these are pretty big, when you first place them on it's not bad they do help keep your bra or shirt off your nipples. However you do need a bra or tank with a built in bra to hold these in place. After a short period of time they mold to your nipple and push your breast into the cup. There are holes to allow for air flow but your bra will cover them. Just not what I was hoping for.
1 reply from Medela Product Expert team - 5 years ago
We're sorry to hear these weren't quite what you hoped for. Your feedback is appreciated as it helps us continue to improve upon our designs. Have a great day! - Your Medela Customer Solutions Team
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Life changing for me

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Laura - 5 years ago
I went through two pregnancies without knowing about these bad boys, and was lucky enough to be introduced to them by my SIL when she visited me shortly after having my third child. I was really depressed, mostly because my nipples were SO sore and every time I moved I was in pain. I took the silicone parts off of these, put nipple cream on, and wore them all day and night. I walked around with confidence knowing if something brushed me I wouldn't be doubled over in pain. They didn't stick to me, and I could clean them every night and rinse with cold water which felt so good when I put them back on. I would recommend these to anyone who is pumping or nursing!!
1 reply from Medela Product Expert team - 5 years ago
Hi Laura--- It brings us such joy to hear stories like yours in which our products have helped to make a difference. We're glad that you were able to continue on your breast milk feeding journey with less pain! - Your Medela Customer Solutions Team
easy to clean: 5 out of 5
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4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Mom2babyGorilla - 6 years ago, Verified purchaser
This item is the closest to comfort for sore nipples you can get to. I wore them for less than a day and saw my nipples transform. It’s so difficult to ventilate your nipples but these cups even though they don’t stay put and are not discrete they help air out your nipples. In the shower I use a sports bra to hold the cups in place so I can finally be worry free about the water hitting my nipples. I don’t recommend using these out, like I stated earlier, they don’t stay in place.
1 reply from Medela Product Expert team - 6 years ago
We're glad to hear that they even helped you shower more comfortably! Thanks for sharing your positive feedback with us and other parents like you who may be struggling to find a product to help them. Your feedback can often times make their product decisions a bit easier. - Your Medela Customer Service Team
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Sad I wasted money on these.

2 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Stefanie 072000 - 6 years ago, Verified purchaser
These seemed like a great option to keep my sore nipples from rubbing my bra, and being smashed, but they made it worse. The silicone backing has a small hole where nipple goes, but it covered my sensitive areola, and left an indentation. It made them even more sore. It puts pressure on the areola, and also pushed my nipple out, and kept it erect. Which makes sense because it says these can be used for flat or inverted nipples to draw them out, but it just made them painful. Nope, not for me. It’s ashame I spent $20 on something I’m gong to throw away.
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5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Tori D - 6 years ago, Verified purchaser
These saved my sore nipples!
1 reply from Medela Product Expert team - 6 years ago
We are so pleased to hear that they helped provide relief! Thanks for taking time to share your feedback with us. - Your Medela Customer Service Team
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Sweaty nipples, not comfortable

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Alison - 7 years ago, Verified purchaser
They’re much larger than I thought they would be and not comfortable. They have holes for ventilation but if you wear them with a bra, as the directions say, the nipples do not get any air and get sweaty. I would recommend soothie gel pads over these breast shields even though they’re not reusable.
1 reply from Medela Product Expert team - 7 years ago
Hi Alison, we're deeply sorry that the Medela Softshells for Sore Nipple are not comfortable and not providing proper ventilation for you. We would like to further assist you. You can contact our Customer Service team at 1-800-435-8316. We look forward to speaking with you!
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Didn't work for me.

3 out of 5 stars
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TJ - 7 years ago, Verified purchaser
I found them to be ineffective. They ended up hurting my nipples and became a waste of money and the foam inserts added to the list of many things you already have to keep clean with breastfeeding. I just recently threw them out.
easy to clean: 2 out of 5
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Not a fan

2 out of 5 stars
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Beth - 7 years ago, Verified purchaser
I am not a fan of these. They are painful to wear and indent my breasts after a short period of time. They also have to be worn with a bra to hold them in place which puts even more pressure on them to indent your breasts. Also, there is no airflow to keep your nipples dry because a bra covers all the holes. The only benefit of these is that your nipple itself is not being mashed by your bra.
easy to clean: 4 out of 5
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