Due to some problems early on, I am working with a LC to go from EP to EBF. For the transition, we decided that I would use a nipple shield for a short time and then wean from that. DS is 3 1/2 weeks old and seems to be taking to not using the shield just fine.
I have a couple questions, though.
1. Does the baby take milk more efficiently without using the shield? DS seems to nurse for less time when he's not using the shield, but seems just as content.
2. While using the shield, DS latches on and nurses continuously without stopping. Without the shield, he is on and off the breast throughout the time he is nursing. He isn't really fussy, just more active, I guess. Is this normal? Why do you suppose he is doing this? Perhaps it relates to my first question and he is just getting more milk more quickly and is pulling away because of that.
I appreciate any input on this.