from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A defense for the nipple worn by nursing women.
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If the cracks are very bad it may be necessary to use a nipple-shield over them while nursing for a few days.
Very feeble new-born babes sometimes cannot take the bosom, be the nipples and the breasts ever so good, and although Maw's nipple-shield and glass tube had been tried.