GVR Report cover Breast Shells Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Breast Shells Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Sales Channel (Hospital Pharmacy (Inpatient), Retail Store, E-commerce, Wholesaler/Distributor, Direct Purchase), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-982-2
  • Number of Report Pages: 90
  • Format: PDF, Horizon Databook
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2020
  • Forecast Period: 2022 - 2030 
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The global breast shells market size was valued at USD 71.30 million in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.61% from 2022 to 2030. Increasing number of births worldwide is likely to surge the demand for breast shells. According to the UNICEF, around 25 million births take place in India every year. Similarly, according to an article released by the National Vital Statistics System and the CDC in May 2021, the provisional number of births in the U.S. in 2020 was 3,605,201. This was expected to increase the number of women breastfeeding their newborns. Rising number of breastfeeding women is anticipated to drive the market for breast shells. For instance, as per the CDC’s National Immunization Survey 2022, the number of women breastfeeding their child at 12 months has increased from 29.2% in 2012 to 35.9% in 2019. The following graph represents an increase in the number of breastfeeding practices in the U.S.

U.K. breast shells market size, by sales channel, 2020 - 2030 (USD Million)

Similarly, according to Nuffield Trust, in the U.K., the number of mothers commencing breastfeeding within the first 48 hours of birth increased from 66% in 2005-06 to 72% in 2019-20, which has remained stable till October 2021. Thus, with such a rise in the number of breastfeeding mothers, the number of females suffering from nipple fissures is anticipated to increase, which may increase the use of breast shells. For instance, as per BabyCenter, LLC, nipple fissure affects around 90% of breastfeeding moms. Therefore, a rise in the number of breastfeeding mothers and increasing risk of nipple fissures are expected to contribute to the growth of the market over the forecast period. 

Inverted and flat nipples make it difficult for neonatal to latch on properly, which may further lead to complications such as sore nipples. The prevalence rate of inverted nipples, according to an article published by the NCBI in July 2022, was 10%-20% in the general population. Additionally, as per Flo Health, LLC, approximately around 28% - 35% of females suffer from flat nipples. As such nipples do not provide a proper latch for the baby to feed on, it irritates the skin and may cause the nipple to crack and bleed. Breast shells help in correcting flat or inverted nipples, therefore, the use of breast shells may increase over the forecast period. 

Additionally, there has been an increase in awareness regarding the benefits of breastmilk and breastfeeding. Many awareness campaigns are being held by various organizations and governments to promote breastfeeding. For instance, August 2022 was celebrated as National Breastfeeding Month by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. This was done to encourage mothers to breastfeed their infants. Such awareness campaigns are expected to drive the number of breastfeeding individuals, thereby impelling the market growth over the forecast period. 

COVID-19 is expected to have a positive impact on the market growth due to the increase in the number of women working from home. As a result of working from home, the number of breastfeeding women increased, which was expected to help the market propel during the time. For instance, according to a survey conducted by TheBump.com, in June 2020, more than 40% of women were committed to breastfeeding their newborns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the hope to provide better nourishment to the baby. Moreover, as per a similar survey, one in every five mothers was committed to breastfeeding their babies for more duration than planned earlier, whereas 87% of the women who were willing to work from the office were dedicated to breastfeeding their babies in the office as well. Hence, as a result of the aforementioned factors, COVID-19 is expected to have a positive impact on the market growth.

Sales Channel Insights

The hospital pharmacy (inpatient) segment held the largest share of over 35.0% in 2021. The dominance of this segment can be attributed to the expected increase in demand for breast shells among new moms due to rising pregnancy rates around the world. Moreover, increasing births and number of hospitals worldwide are expected to drive the market. For instance, according to the American Association of Birth Centers, in the U.S., around 98.8% of births take place in a hospital setting. Births at hospital setting are considered to be low-risk, moreover, around 85% of women giving birth in hospitals are eligible for care at birth centers. Thus, many women prefer delivering at a hospital setting. In addition, due to safety concerns, people trust hospital pharmacies for such postpartum products. Therefore, there is a high level of parental trust in medical professionals, which supports the expansion of the hospital pharmacy.

Global breast shells market share, by sales channel, 2021 (%)

The e-commerce segment is anticipated to expand at the fastest rate of 4.44% over the forecast period. This can be accredited to a shift in the preference from retail sellers to e-commerce settings, which offer such products at low cost. The segment is projected to grow as breast shells are more widely available online through e-commerce. With the help of the e-commerce channel, customers can compare and choose the best products based on their brand, type, point of sale, and price. Some of the top online retailers that sell to consumers are Amazon, Belly Bandit, Walmart, Motherhood Maternity, and The Moms Co. These platforms use sales techniques such as buy one, get one deals, discounts, and freebies, which further draw in more customers. This is likely to foster the segment growth over the forecast period. 

Regional Insights 

North America dominated the market with a revenue share of over 35.0% in 2021 and is expected to witness considerable growth over the forecast period. This can be accredited to the increasing awareness regarding the importance of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding awareness campaigns such as the breastfeeding promotion program by the County Health Ranking Organization focused on providing information and education regarding practices of breastfeeding to women throughout their pre-natal and post-natal periods are facilitating the growth. The organization is expected to increase the number of breastfeeding and hygienic breastfeeding practices. Hence, as a result of such campaigns organized by various government and non-governmental organizations, the breastfeeding rate is expected to increase, thereby expanding the use of breast shells. 

Moreover, constant birth in this region is expected to fuel the market growth. According to Statistics Canada, in Canada, 358,604 newborns were reported in the year 2020. Similarly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2021, the general fertility rate in the U.S. was calculated to be 56.6% per 1,000 women, which was up by 1% from 2020. Rise in the fertility rate is expected to increase the number of births in this region. Thus, growth in the number of births in this region may indirectly support the growth of the market. 

Breast Shells Market Trends by Region

Asia Pacific is estimated to register the highest CAGR of 4.69% over the forecast period. The market is steadily increasing, offering several opportunities for the introduction of new products. Furthermore, rising birth rates in the region is can be accredited to its growth. For instance, according to Work Bank, China's birth rate climbed from 1.60 births per woman in 2000 to 1.70 births per woman in 2019, whereas, as per, The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports, in 2020, 294,369 births were reported in Australia. 

In addition, according to Cone Health Women’s & Children’s Center, breast shells can also be used to treat breast engorgement. The number of women suffering from breast engorgement in this region is increasing. A study conducted by the Journal of Reproductive Medicine Gynaecology & Obstetrics revealed that in India, around 65% to 75% of lactating women suffer from breast engorgement. Thus, as a result of the above-mentioned factors, the market for breast shells is projected to grow in this region.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Key players are adopting strategies such as awareness campaigns, partnerships, and new product launches to strengthen their foothold in the market. Many market players such as Medela and Magneto, Inc., along with Washington University are also raising awareness by providing information through magazines and conducting awareness campaigns. This is encouraging women to take over breastfeeding, thereby driving the market. However, the market is consolidated and is dominated by very few players. Some prominent players in the global breast shells market include:

  • Koninklijke Philips N.V

  • Medela, LLC

  • Magento, Inc. (Ameda)

  • Ardo Medical, Ltd.

  • Chicco Australia

Breast Shells Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2022

USD 68.74 million 

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 91.31 million

Growth Rate

CAGR of 3.61% from 2022 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2020

Forecast period

2022 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2022 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Sales channel, region

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa (MEA)

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; Japan; China; India; Australia; South Korea; Brazil; Mexico; Argentina; Colombia; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; UAE

Key companies profiled

Koninklijke Philips N.V.; Medela, LLC; Magento, Inc. (Ameda); Ardo Medical, Ltd.; Chicco Australia

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Global Breast Shells Market Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends and opportunities in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global breast shells market report on the basis of sales channel and region:

Global Breast Shells Market Segmentation

  • Sales Channel Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Hospital Pharmacy (Inpatient)

    • Retail Store

    • E-commerce

    • Wholesaler/Distributor

    • Direct Purchase

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • U.K.

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • Japan

      • China

      • India

      • Australia

      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

      • Colombia

    • MEA

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

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