We left the hospital on day 4 and about 2 hours before we left the LC came in and "helped" by putting a nipple shield on me. I had no information on nipple shields and she didn't tell me about their drawbacks. Just a random comment that she'd like, "to see you off the nipple shield within 2 weeks." Well, I will never be seeing this LC again. So, what she wants is quite irrelevant.
DD nursed great for the next 36 hours and I realized how much easier nursing with the shield on was...both for her and for me. This didn't sit well with me. Not that I think bf should be a challenge always I just think in the first days/weeks position and latch matter...right? So I googled about nipple shields and read about how they aren't really a fix just a patch/tool that will now have to be overcome.
So, I called around and found an IBCLC to come to the house on Wednesday and she got DD on the breast without the shield. (DD had been refusing.) We had 3 nursing sessions completely without the shield but DD spent an hour crying for every 10 minutes of nursing. The 4th session DD cried for almost 2 hours and wouldn't stay latched on. I put the nipple shield back on and she nursed content for 30 minutes. I haven't been able to get her on just the breast for more than a suck or two (except for the odd 5 minutes at the end of the session here and there) since Thursday at 6am.
I am much more settled though not having her scream for so long (it hurts me!) but wondering if I am doing the right thing by allowing the use of the nipple shield?
So tell me aobut how you did it. How much crying was involved (both parties!) and were you eventually off of it altogether? Thanks for the help!