- To provide breastmilk and maintain lactation when baby is premature or hospitalized.
- To pull out an inverted or flat nipple so that it is more easily grasped by the baby.
- To aid in the resolution of a latch-on problem.
- To aid in the healing process of sore nipples when you may be too sore to nurse.
- To relieve engorgement in the early days of breastfeeding.
- To provide breastmilk for your baby when you go out for the evening, run errands, do shopping, etc.
- To relieve occasional periods of overfullness and maintain
supply when baby does not nurse well such as when he is sick, teething,
overtired, striking, etc.
- To maintain lactation and provide breastmilk for your baby once you return to work or school.
- To increase milk supply.
- To ensure that the breast is emptied well to promote healing during a breast infection.
Written by Becky Flora, IBCLC
Last revision: January 2, 1999