|Originally posted by DaryLLL
COB, this is kind of OT, but you have piqued my interest. You say you had pain for 22 mos nursing #1, then after a few days of nipple sheilds, had no pain with #2?
Well, that seems miraculous. To what do you attribute this change?
Well, the way you interpreted my post, yes, it seems miraculous, even a bit...preposterous.
However, it was not a miracle, it was lots and lots of hard work. DS and DD had different nursing issues, similar yet not the same. I could fill a book describing the two experiences -- it's hard to boil it down to a brief summary. With DD, it took a very dedicated LLL leader/LC, a skilled occupational therapist, a wonderful chiropractor, and my own determination to overcome our problems. The nipple shields were just a tool in the process, not the whole reason for our success. Alone, they certainly would not have done the trick, but I was glad to have an LC who was not afraid to try them. (I was also glad to have contact with an LC who recommend occupational therapy, rather than the same tired "her latch looks OK to me, you shouldn't be in pain" crap I got from way too many sources. Incidentally, I also sought help from three other LCs, two other LLL leaders, and a different OT -- none of whom had the skills or understanding to be of any use at all to me.)
There is of course no guarantee that nipple shields would have worked with my DS. But I wish I had felt that they were a possible option to try -- I remember wanting to try them, the idea of protecting my nipple from pain and damage was so appealing. I would like to be able to look back and feel some peace of mind from having tried everything to improve our situation. Instead, the strident negative attitude about nipple shields in the BF literature and among the pro-BF "crowd" made me so fearful of them that I wouldn't even consider them. I can't begin to describe the grief I still carry from my poor nursing relationship with DS -- I would give a lot to have a do-over, knowing then what I know now.
Anyway, gotta go help DD with something. Hope I provided enough to assuage your interest in my experiences, DaryLLL.