Love how soft the shield is that I don’t have any soreness!
I have only been using the liquid shield for a week but already went from using two to using one on the slacker side only. I notice it does help empty my slacker side with less manual massage than my normal hard silicone shield. But!!! It does a poor job emptying the good super producer side. On my good side I can get 5-7 at times 8 ounces off righty in one pump. With the liquid shield on righty, it will top off at 5.5 max even if I empty the bottle and start over, its like the suction is limited by the liquid shield device. ALSO!!! If is extemely frustrating that Pumpables as a company only sends out one size silicone insert with the liquid shield kit. All over and I mean ALL OTHER companies of breast pumps provide multiple sizes for the phlanges. Pumpables requires tou at way an additional fee for other sizes and order the insert separately. On top of that they are constantly SOLD out of the smaller size. Im a 20-21mm usually on other breast pump products, but maybe I would have better reaponse with a 17mm offered? But who the he k knows because its a whole separate purchase! Oh wait- its always sold out anyways. Pretty nickle and dime if you ask me. For a $12 product- for a set of 2 silicone inserts- 2 sizes should be standard with the liquid shield kit at least. Then later when you need replacement parts you can order your correct size separating. One more thing, the suction sound on the back flow protector is louder than on my motif luna backflow protector. No big deal if it really did empty faster or more comfortably. For $50 dollars it was a meh purchase so far. I will try the smaller insert when it is an option but still frustrating that multiple sizes need to be purchased for a new product that whose whole goal is to be better and help moms out.
The silicon is gentle and enhance the entire pumping experience. It also holds better when using a hands free bra
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.