My son is 2 weeks old. We had a very rough start breastfeeding. The short version is 39 hours of labor-->he was posterior-->huge bruise on his head--->developed jaundice-->my milk took 5 days to come in-->had to supplement with formula-->he had lots of problems latching from the beginning due to the jaundice.
We are home now - thankfully my milk came in with a vengeance and he's had only my milk since he was 6 days old. I am using a nipple shield that they gave me at the hospital. It helps him latch but it's SO hard to get into place in certain positions, such as cradle hold or laying down. I've been nursing a lot in football hold with the Boppy. At this point he will take my right breast without the shield because the nipple is more "out there", but he won't do it reliably. He won't take my left breast without it. He won't feed laying down reliably which makes nights really tiring. When I try to latch him without the shield he spits my nipple out repeatedly. After repeated tries he actually gets angry and throws a small tantrum. When this happens I put the shield back on.
I've been to kellymom and seen her suggestions about getting off the shield. At this point I think I just need encouragement that it IS possible. I feel very cooped up because I don't have enough confidence to nurse in public, and he's not reliably nursing without the shield. I don't know how I would juggle him, a cover and the shield all at once (I would like to use a cover). Will I have to nurse with a Boppy forever? Will we get better at this? Is he going to "get it" and nurse without the shield?