I’ve been buggered by Jenn and others to write posts on the blog for a long time, but I didn’t want to have to figure out what to write about while staying somewhat on topic. So the obvious solution was to write about random things in the warehouse. Warehouse roulette! To make it fun and very random, I put all of the warehouse locations in a box, mixed it up and drew a location.
I should play the lottery. I can hear the eyes rolling in the back of your heads and the calls of “suuuure”, “faker”, “fixed!”, “liar liar pants on fire!”, “it’s impossible to win the big teddy bear!”. But I swear, I mixed the pieces around and this is what I pulled out. There are many items under this shelf heading, so to keep things consistent, I started with the product on the top left. If I draw this number again (again?!), I’ll go down one spot on the shelf.
So… Medela PersonalFit Breastshields… These aren’t nipple shields though. Nipple shields are designed to protect moms from being gnawed raw by a ravenous new baby who doesn’t understand that, you know, it hurts to have your breasts repeatedly ground to bits between two hard plates attached to a vacuum. PersonalFit Breastshields are attachments for Medela pumps and they are designed to improve the efficiency and comfort of being pulled on by a mechanical, pulsating vacuum. I have to say up front, being a guy, I don’t have any direct, personal experience using these. I hear men can lactate, but, it sounds like an urban legend that can stay an urban legend.
There are two Medela PersonalFit Breastshields per box and it retails for $14.99. The box itself is really nice looking. It is a cube with nice four color graphics and a handy guide to help you figure out which size is right for you. There are 5 (!) sizes, ranging from Small (21mm) to XXL (36mm) in 3 mm increments. Looking at how these are supposed to fit, getting the right size is important. Too small looks really painful and too large, you would look like Madonna when your done. Three mm increments is really small, so guys, take it upon yourself to volunteer to measure to ensure a correct fit. After all, didn’t we learn in elementary school that the most accurate way to measure something is at eye level? Having an inaccurate measurement would be a tragedy. Be a hero, measure the nipples!
What’s the point of getting these instead of just using the cups that come with the pump? According to the box, they:
- personalize your breastshield for better pumping
- are larger than the size that comes with medela breast pumps
- let you choose the right size for maximum comfort and pumping efficiency
That makes sense to me, since they would provide a better fit vs the one-size that comes with the pumps. According to the pictures, that’s a good thing. Efficiency is also a good thing. Who wants to listen to the pump go on and on and on and on barely getting any results?
Looking around the rest of the box, we see more pictures, illustrations, phone numbers, the barcode and an ominous warning on the bottom of the box. It says you could injure your nipple if you’re using the wrong size! Ouch! What does that doctor note look like? See guys, it’s very important you measure. The box says so. We are preventing nipple injuries!
I would give the standard breastshields that come with your medela pump a try. If they are uncomfortable or don’t seem to be working so well, then the Medela PersonalFit breastshields would be a worthy upgrade. A better fit = less discomfort and speedier pumping = happier mommy = happier daddy = happier puppy.
After a successful pilot episode, the network decided to pick up the show and air it on Thursdays. Hopefully I’ll pull something really interesting next week!
* Updated to add a little intro for those who didn’t read my first post
“Keep smiling, it makes everyone wonder what you’re up to.”
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