Hello to you other nursing mamas!
I just had my first baby 8 days ago and am learning with him how to breastfeed and all of the joys and trials that go with it! After he was born, my midwife noticed that he was having trouble latching on to my nipple, since I guess they are a little small/ short, and she suggested we try a nipple shield. She also said this would help with the soreness that I reported the following day. So, with my extra-small silicone nipple shield, I have been successfully breastfeeding my son for the past week. He now latches on just fine and my nipples seem to be toughening up. My problem is that now I am a little annoyed with the shields (having to wash them each time, having them fall off as he paws around my breast before latching, etc.) and I would like to start weaning us both off of them. Currently, I am trying to get him to latch and suck without the shield at least once or twice a day. He has yet to do it successfully for an entire nursing session, and I must admit is more painful when he latches that way. However, I am willing to endure the pain. So, what should I do? How can I get him to latch and nurse without the shields for good? For those who have done this, were there tips or tricks you used? For your reference, I have a very sleepy nurser on my hands, so he's either a little sleepyhead when he latches, or he gets frustrated pretty quickly and just moves his head quickly from side to side- totally missing the nipple. Thanks in advance for your help!