Silverette | Breastfeeding Must Have

We are excited to launch an amazing new product for mamas here at Little Gatherer, and we wanted to take a moment to share why Silverette Nipple cups are a game changer for breast feeding mothers, and what makes them so magical.

Silverette cups can shape your entire breastfeeding journey, they are a truly easy, scientifically proven, all in one product for breastfeeding. There’s no need for other creams or balms, simply adding a few drops of breastmilk to your cups whilst wearing them enhances their healing powers thanks to the natural antimicrobial properties of breastmilk itself.
Worn constantly for the first 3-4 weeks as you embark on your breastfeeding journey, these cups are an amazing preventative to ensure that you don’t experience cuts or cracks – they act as a little shield for your nipples. As your journey continues they can be used any time you feel pain or discomfort, until your nipples have recovered and the pain has settled.
The high quality sterling silver used in Silverette cups has antimicrobial healing properties. Silver has been used medically for thousands of years and these little cups have been clinically studied in a maternity hospital in Italy, for two years before being sold publicly. They are FDA-registered, and created in a medical facility under strict conditions.

We chatted to mamas who have tried and loved these little cups and they’ve shared their favourite things about them –

Q & A

We wanted to also share some of Silverette’s most frequently asked questions, in case you needed more convincing about the magic behind these little cups!

Can I use Lanolin or other balms?

Silverette® are an all-in-one nipple aid, so you don't need any balms or ointments. Also, using other nipple treatments at the same time as wearing Silverette® may reduce the efficacy and/or degrade the silver.

If you would like to use both, alternate between the two, ie. wear the cups during the day and cream at night (or vice versa).

What's important is that you don't let any other nipple care products come into contact with the cups as this could tarnish the silver.

What exactly are Silverette® cups made of? What is 925 sterling silver?

Silverette® cups are made of high quality 925 sterling silver aka solid silver. The number 925 represents a percentage - indicating the product contains 92.5% silver. Silverette® cups contain 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. This small amount of copper allows the cups to be molded into shape and makes them more durable (pure/fine 999 silver is too soft and doesn't hold its shape well). Silverette® cups are nickel free.

Are Silverette® cups safe for me and my baby?
Yes. No chemicals are passed onto a nursing baby while breastfeeding. Unlike other metals, such as lead and mercury, sterling silver is non-toxic to humans, especially as it is worn on the body. It is worth noting that the rare adverse effects associated with silver have been from silver allergies, or ingesting very large quantities of silver over a long period of time.

Can Silverette® beused to prevent pain or damage from occurring?
Definitely! In fact, it's how we recommend they be used. 'Nip' any issues in the bud is our motto! Start wearing them from day one of your feeding journey to soothe sensitive nipples and help them gently recover from all that wear (but hopefully not tear). Of course, the best way to prevent nipple pain and damage is with a deep latch and good breastfeeding techniques.

Does the efficacy of Silverette® diminish with time?
No, the efficacy remains the same (as long as they haven't been damaged). They can be used again and again, with each subsequent child, and then passed on to the next generation for use.

I leak a lot and my cups are always full of milk, is the damp environment ok for my nipples?
A moist environment is conducive to healing and helps to prevent cracks and abrasions. However, excessive moisture exposure can irritate the nipples and surrounding skin and potentially delay wound
healing. We recommend taking a break from wearing Silverette® for a few hours each day, or as needed. Air those nips out ;-). This is particularly important if you are a heavy leaker and/or you notice your nipples are often damp. Please exercise caution with this and monitor your nipples and surrounding skin daily.
Shop our lovely range of new Mama essentials here, including the new Silverette Nipple Cups.

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