I cannot believe it! Last week, completely unexpectedly and with virtually no effort, my nearly 5 month old DS began to wean off the nipple shield. I wanted to make sure it was for real (especially since everything in our nursing relationship has been two steps forward, one step back) but it's been 5 full days of bare boob.
I think we've made it!
I had pretty much made peace with the idea that we'd be on the shield for the duration of his nursing years. I even bought more shields last week AND a two compartment container to cart them around the house (one side for clean and one for dirty - ).
When he was a newborn I was pumping and bottle feeding him my breastmilk (tongue-tie, very recessed lower jaw and breast aversion issues). Then after a month of very gentle work, I got him on the boob but with a shield. I scoured the forums for stories from moms who had eventually got off the shield. But it seemed like it would never happen for us. But it has! Yay!
It is especially nice since he has become such a night nurser and now I do not have to stay awake to make sure he doesn't choke on the shield.
It was a nursing savior for us early on and I will always appreciate having the shield available to us when we needed it.
Yay!!! That's awesome - I remember counting the days without it and now we're at 3 weeks so I guess we're officially done too! It's a wonderful feeling. We were on it for 6 weeks.
Lisa - I got DD off by just trying to get her to latch without it when she was calm. Most people say try after 5 minutes of nursing, but for us it worked better to try on the 2nd boob. Try until they start to get frustrated then put it on. Took us maybe a week or two of trying without it a few times a day and then one day she just latched and kept doing it. I kept it next to my nursing area for a week just in case! Now we're trying to perfect her latch, since it's still not ideal. But better than with the shield emotionally for both of us!