When it comes to breast shells for expressing, one size does not fit all. At Ardo, we cannot stress how important it is to have the correct size breast shell.
There are a couple of reasons why the correct breast shell is so important – one is so that you are comfortable whilst pumping, and to maximise the amount of milk you express.
The best way to determine which size you need, is to measure your nipple (excluding the areola), to the widest part, add 4mm to this, and this is the breast shell you should try.
The nipple should move freely within the shell following the rhythmic movements of the pump. It should not be too far down into the funnel, or not moving at all. If either of these things are happening, you could be repressing your oxytocin hormone – the hormone which controls how the milk flows and could mean less milk is expressed.
This may seem like a lot of information to think about, but it demonstrates why the size of the breast shell you use is so important to you and to the success of your expressing journey.
Sizes 18mm, 22mm, 26mm, 28mm, 31mm, and 36mm are available.
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