Breast Wearables 101

What are Pasties?

Pasties (pay-stees) are adhesive coverings applied to cover a person's nipples, often around the nipple. They vary in size and are usually not much larger than the person's areola.

The concept of 'pasties' is to reveal as much of the breast as possible without being entirely topless. Pasties are usually applied with a special glue or tape. This is the origin of their name, as they are quite literally "pasted" onto the nipple. Our pasties are self-adhesive like a sticker.

Burlesque pasties may also feature tassels which hang from the center; performers will sometimes twirl these as part of a performance.

Some women who choose not to wear a bra wear pasties to prevent their nipples from protruding visibly through their shirt.

What are Breast Petals?

Breast petals or nipple petals are a type of nipple shield similar to an adhesive bandage which are sold as a lingerie accessory and are worn to prevent nipples from showing through sheer clothing or lingerie. Many feature a flower shaped design. They may also be worn to prevent irritation of the nipples.

Some women wear breast petals while breast feeding, to prevent breast milk from leaking during love making.

What are Nipple Shields?

A nipple shield is a nipple-shaped sheath worn over the areola and nipple during breastfeeding. Modern nipple shields are made of soft, thin, flexible silicone and have holes at the end of the nipple section to allow the breast milk to pass through. Older nipple shields were made of latex and harder, thicker plastics, and often caused more problems than they solved. A 17th century nipple shield held in Shakespeare's birthplace is made of pewter.

Nipple shields are used in various situations:

  • Some mothers have small or inverted nipples which make it difficult for the baby to latch on. Using a shield allows for feeding to progress until the baby's suction draws out the nipple.
  • Small, weak or sick babies often have difficulty latching on to the breast. A nipple shield makes latching easier and prevents the baby becoming discouraged.
  • Babies who had to be bottle-fed since birth can become used to the bottle teat. Nipple shields feel more like teats, and aid with the transition to breast feeding.
  • A mother's nipples can become sore or cracked from incorrect breastfeeding. A shield allows the mother to continue breastfeeding until her cracked nipples heal and she improves her latching technique.
  • They make it easier to measure the quantity of milk consumed.

Most doctors and lactation consultants stress that nipple shields use should be temporary; the aim is always to return to regular breastfeeding.

Breast shells may be confused with nipple shields, but shields are intended for use during the act of breastfeeding, whereas breast shells are worn in preparation for breastfeeding.

Right now, we do not carry these unless we get more requests for them.

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