This breast shield has been a game changer on my ... This breast shield has been a game changer on my breastfeeding journey. I found out about it when I purchased my Milk Genie Pump. 1) It has a larger flange-to-shield size: I have very elastic breast tissue/ nipples that like to swell up a lot when I pump. This is the only breast shield I've tried that accommodates these changes well. 2) It has a rounded shield-to-flange angle: I've tried Pumpin' Pals from the USA which better than the Spectra breast shields due to their gradual angled flange. However, the Pumpin' Pals breast shields have much larger shields...which brings me to the next point. 3) It has a smaller shield size: this makes manual compression during pumping much less clumsy and easier. Manual compression makes pumping much more effective and efficient. 4) The shield is separate from the connector: I think only someone who doesn't have to do multiple pumps in a day would design a shield that is one-piece with the connector. I do multiple pumps a day at work, and put the bottles and connectors in the fridge between pumps. I wouldn't want to have to put the shield in the fridge as well! A cold shield would inhibit let down. In fact, I loved this design so much after trying so many shields that I would connect the Pumpables Genie backflow protector, connector, bottle and breastshield to my Spectra S1 pump, because the design spares my breasts from pain.
I first learned about Pumpables from Spectra website when looking ... I first learned about Pumpables from Spectra website when looking for smaller size breast shields. Gradually, my size changed along the breastfeeding journey. I came to use this breast shield because I bought the Milk Genie pump, but this breast shield proved to be the game changer for my pumping journey. None of the standard breast shields for Spectra/ Medela were comfortable for me as the angle and width of the flanges and the actual shield size never matched in a way that they wouldn't hurt when I pumped. I was in so much despair when using my Spectra S1 pump because of the pain, that I was going to give up. I also ordered Pumpin' Pals breast shields from USA - although these lessened the pain because of the angled design, the shield has a large surface area, which makes manual compression during pumping difficult. I like to use manual compression during pumping, as it greatly increases yield and efficiency. The Pumpables Genie breast shield has a relatively large diameter flange and a shield that has a smaller surface area. This flange diameter eliminated all of the pain I experienced with Spectra shields, and the smaller shield makes manual compression during pumping much less clumsy! I also like that the shield is separate from the bottle connector. I pump multiple times a day at work, and store the bottle and connector in the fridge between pumps. If I need to put the shield in the fridge (like with the Spectra shields), then it is cold and makes the next pump less comfortable. With the Genie breast shield, I can rinse it and keep it in room temperature so it is comfortable for the next use. I would recommend ladies who have similar problems with breast pain to try purchasing the Genie backflow protector, connector, breast shield and bottle, and attaching it to the tube of whichever other pump you have. That's what I did for my Spectra S1 pump, and it helped me keep both pumps in use in separate places.
Using the correct sized breastshield is really important to have the most comfortable pumping experience. We are all different shapes and sizes, and it can be really hard to know which breastshield size you will be when you start pumping.
A baby's mouth compresses a nipple evenly all over the nipple and areola, whereas a breastshield flange is rigid. As a result, if your flange is too large, the areola will 'bunch' up into the flange, which can cause pain and nipple trauma. You want the flange to be just wide enough to fit the base of your nipple, preventing the areola from being able to get pulled into the flange.
Using our nipple ruler is a good place to start.
If you've used the ruler and you're still not sure, we're happy to help with another opinion. If you'd like us to give you feedback, please take a photo of your nipple through each size so we can compare how each fits. You can send your pics through the 'chat' function at bottom right of the page.
For extra help, send a video of your nipple in the flange while you're pumping through our Fitting Room.