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Okay, I'm madly in love with my nipple shield! DS2 is 5 days old, is a voracious eater, and I'm so grateful for that. DS1 wasn't that big of an eater, and when he did try to nurse it was painful and I got blood blisters, etc. I didn't see an LC with him (I should have) and ended up limiting nursing, supplementing with formula nd of course eventually having no milk. It was sad.<br><br>
So this time I wanted to be sure the baby would nurse and he did, and when it got painful and nipples scabbed I went to LC. She saved us! She showed me some tricks and also gave me the nipple shields. Turns out my nipples are short and he had to grind his gums to get milk out. Yeah, it was bad.<br><br>
So my question is, I sort of remember her telling me that eventually you use them less and less, that the nippple might toughen up and also that it might get longer.<br><br>
So how long do I use the nipple shield with every feed? I don't want to have to use it forever, but if it's that or no nursing, of course I'll use the shield. I can tell you, that he's not opening as wide as before or taking in as much areola with the shields so I'm afraid of what his latch will be like when I take them off.<br><br>
What do you guys think? I'm such a worrier, but I am so grateful for the help I got!
 

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Well Im no expert. I also use a nipple shield and was able to get my little one latch on without it just a couple days ago. He is now 2 months. So just to warn you it can be a challenge. They say its best to just keep trying to get the baby to go without the shield. So maybe you can begin with the shield and when at some point remove the shield and see if the baby will take the breast without it.<br><br>
For me, I just kept offering my little one the breast without it, untill he finally took it. If he started to get frustrated I stopped.<br><br>
I will tell you this though, and I dont know how true it is but .... Im now having a lot of pain during latch on so I called the lc and she told me that in actuality I can continue using the shield I dont have to wean. I asked her about it lowering my supply and she said it wont if used correctly, she said that the thin shields wont have any effect on my milk supply. This is contrary to everything I have read, so I dont know if she is correct or not.<br><br>
I hope others will be able to give some more advice.
 

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You can also try using the Avent nipple shields which have a "butterfly" look to them and will let your lo get more of the actual breast into their mouth.
 

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I am in the same situation as you. I've tried to go w/o the shield, but my little guy honestly has nothing to grab onto. Maybe it will change as he gets older and his mouth gets bigger. Right now I don't even care as I am overjoyed to be nursing just like you.
 

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I used a shield as well at the beginning because DS had a tongue tie that was making it nearly impossible for him to latch among other issues (breastfeeding was extremely challenging for us in the early days). I tried really hard to wean him at about 2 months and 3 months but he wouldn't have anything to do with it. I did have about a week where we nursed without it and then we had issues so we started up again. I can't explain it but around 4.5-5 months he started refusing the shield and we haven't used it since. That was exactly what our LC told us to expect-she said there was no telling when it would happen but that he would likely reject the shield someday.<br><br>
And my nipple shape did change after awhile-I had flat nipples and that is no longer an issue for us.<br><br>
So, hang in there! I know the shields are a pain, but they certainly made a huge difference for us.
 

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I would try to get off of them as quickly as possible.<br><br>
Personally I would avoid them all together unless the breastfeeding relationship was in immediate peril.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would try to get off of them as quickly as possible.<br><br>
Personally I would avoid them all together unless the breastfeeding relationship was in immediate peril.<br><br>
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Honestly, I lost my milk with DS1 because I couldn't get him to latch, and had to supplement. If I'd gone to a LC I would have nursed him probably until now (he's 2.5 yrs).<br><br>
So for me it was a serious issue!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Honestly, I lost my milk with DS1 because I couldn't get him to latch, and had to supplement. If I'd gone to a LC I would have nursed him probably until now (he's 2.5 yrs).<br><br>
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And in those cases, they can be a miracle! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
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Short answer is as quickly as possible. We used them for about 7 weeks initially because dd was early and could not latch onto my semi-flat nipples. Then I used them for a bit longer because I got thrush and was in so much pain. They can be a lifesaver - we would have been lost without them.<br><br>
Once your nipples are feeling a bit better, try taking it off after the first few minutes and see how it goes. I had the best luck offering her the 2nd breast without it, but that's not the standard... You could also try pumping first to get the nipple pulled out, but that didn't work for us.<br><br>
We've been shield free for 5 weeks and it's awesome, but I'm glad we used it while we did or I probably wouldn't be bfing now...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Okay, I'm madly in love with my nipple shield! DS2 is 5 days old, is a voracious eater, and I'm so grateful for that. DS1 wasn't that big of an eater, and when he did try to nurse it was painful and I got blood blisters, etc. I didn't see an LC with him (I should have) and ended up limiting nursing, supplementing with formula nd of course eventually having no milk. It was sad.<br><br>
So this time I wanted to be sure the baby would nurse and he did, and when it got painful and nipples scabbed I went to LC. She saved us! She showed me some tricks and also gave me the nipple shields. Turns out my nipples are short and he had to grind his gums to get milk out. Yeah, it was bad.<br><br>
So my question is, I sort of remember her telling me that eventually you use them less and less, that the nippple might toughen up and also that it might get longer.<br><br>
So how long do I use the nipple shield with every feed? I don't want to have to use it forever, but if it's that or no nursing, of course I'll use the shield. I can tell you, that he's not opening as wide as before or taking in as much areola with the shields so I'm afraid of what his latch will be like when I take them off.<br><br>
What do you guys think? I'm such a worrier, but I am so grateful for the help I got!</div>
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Be sooo careful with nipple shields....DS became addicted within 2 days (nipple confusion) and it took over a month to wean him from them. If they are used more than 6 weeks they can reduce your milk supply and sometimes permanently limit your supply. So if you use them longer, you will need to pump to keep supply up.<br><br>
Have you tried pumping before a feeding to draw out your nipple and until milk letdown? That way your lo will have something more to latch onto and won't have to wait for letdown.<br><br>
The way I got DS to wean from the shield was to use an SNS and some pumped milk to encourage him at the breast. It was extremely frustrating and to get him off of it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. And I ended up disputing payment with the lc that gave the shield to me b/c of the expense spent on follow-ups to get him off it.<br><br>
They are good as a last resort but there are so many other, better ways that don't involve nipple confusion....
 
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