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a cap or dome placed over the nipple to protect it during nursing.
a device to protect the nipples of a lactating woman. The shield is usually made of soft latex, is 4 or 5 cm wide, and has a tab on one side with which the mother may hold it. The baby nurses from an opening at the center of the shield. It is most often used to allow sore or cracked nipples to heal while maintaining lactation. Also called nipple protector.
nip·ple shield(nip'ĕl shēld)
A cap or dome placed over the nipple to protect it during nursing.
A cover to protect the sore nipples of a nursing woman.
See also: shield