DD just turned 1 year old, and we are still nursing. wow.
Since she was born we have survived
- 2 breast cancer biopsies
- 1 inverted and 1 flat nipple
- a breast that the hopsital LC and MW's thought was so odd that it would never be nursable but both sides are totally functional now with normal supply
- plugged ducts
- tongue tie that was not diagnosed for 4 months and then was clipped improperly by a resident and was finally corrected under general anesthesia at 8mo
- a birth injury that was not diagnosed for months and continues to hinder proper sucking
- dysphoric milk ejection reflex
- nipples that have been chronically swollen for months from the trauma of a bad latch
Every time I nurse DD it hurts. We are still using nipple shields, although Dd wishes we were not...it feels so much nicer to her to not have that nasty plastic in her mouth. Poor baby
The pain and trauma to my nipples is out of control, though, without the help of the shields. The pain level is manageable with the nipple shields.
She still nurses every 30 to 90 minutes, around the clock. I passionately hope to CLW. I hope that we can keep going--I know we can one day at a time. She has never had even a drop of formula--yeah!
I really wish that I could experience, just for a day, what it is like to bf with no nipple shield and no pain and no dysphoric milk ejection reflex. Wow. That would be an amazing experience.
Is there anybody else out there who has successfully continued nipple shield use into toddlerhood? Do you have any tips and tricks for doing that?
Thanks for reading.