Many women are given nipple shields in the early days of breastfeeding. They can be incredibly helpful when used for the right reasons, however they are unfortunately provided with little instruction. It’s very important that a nipple shield:
Fits the nipple properly
Helps the baby to achieve a better latch
Helps ease mother’s pain during latch
Is used as a “bridge” toward breastfeeding, and not a permanent solution. Families need a plan to determine how to use a nipple shield and also figure out why it’s hard to latch without it. Work with an IBCLC to figure this out!
Here's a excellent video on nipple shield use from DIY Breastfeeding to get you started. Then, make sure to get help to determine what to do next!