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Okay, so my DS is a week old. I was never able to get him to latch on without a nipple sheild (I have kind of short nipples--not flat or inverted, though). I had my doula work with me on it, but she suggested I continue to use the sheild until the engorgement has gone down. Well now it has. DS absolutely does not want to take my breast without the shield. I'm kind of afraid that if I use the shield too long, he'll never latch on without it. I mean, that wouldn't be the end of the world or anything (at least I'd still be bf'ing) but it'd be so much more convenient if I could get him to nurse on my own nipple.<br><br>
Does anyone have any suggestions?
 

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Check out this thread:<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=859105" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=859105</a><br><br>
I got my DS to quit the shield cold turkey at 3 weeks, and he's never looked back.
 

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I used a nipple shield because my nipples are sort of inverted. I ended up "weaning" from it around 6 weeks I think. The old advice of "start feeding with the shield then remove after a minute or two" did not work for me - what worked best was to try to START the feeding without the shield, then if he couldn't latch on (I'd let him struggle briefly) I'd put the shield on before he had a chance to get too upset. Once I really dedicated myself to it (doing it EVERY FEEDING) it was done within a day or so.
 

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You can do it, mama!! We used a shield for 2 weeks (which felt like an ETERNITY) and also weaned cold turkey. Seriously -- in a moment of desperation, I just had a pep talk with Curran, told him he was strong enough to latch without it, and that it would make my life less stressful. The very next feed the shields wee downstiars so I just popped him on and he hasn't used them since (now 6 months old and 20 pounds, so using them did not decrease my supply one bit!).<br><br>
Keep trying. Latch with the shield, wait 2-3 minutes, and try to latch again without it. Try to latch without when DC is sleepy or extra cozy (like in the bath with mama<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">). I've heard stories of babes weaning off shield at 6 MONTHS old, so don't panic if it doesn't happen ASAP. You can also try cutting it down bit by bit. Some say that works for them..<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Hi,<br><br>
Popping in here after I saw the title of your post. I am due now with #2, but I used a nipple shield my dd (who will be 4 in June and just weaned this past October). There were a few factors that made the nipple shield necessary, including inverted, flat nipples and my dd was tongue-tied. I used the shield for almost 4 months (we had to wait almost 3 months to get her in to have her frenulum clipped). She weaned off the shield with few problems. I started off nursing her with the shield on and then after she had a few minutes to get her fill of milk, I would slip it off. She had a great suck from birth and would happily latch back on.<br><br>
I do know that some women continue to use the shield through their entire nursing relationship (although I don't think they nursed for longer than 6 months, but that wasn't because of the shield). You could theoretically continue to use it and it probably wouldn't impact your supply. The only thing I noticed when I used the shield was that I was more susceptible to thrush, which my midwife said was due to the increased moisture up against my nipples.<br><br>
Anyway, this was a long rambler, but I wanted to pop in and give you encouragement that weaning the baby from the shield shouldn't be too dramatic/drawn out for you. The goal for them is the milk, right??<br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
Jacqueline
 

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I did the exact same thing and it's the only thing that worked for me. I know what you're going through and how frustrating it can be. I hope you find the solution that works for you!
 

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Kellymom (as always) is a great place for this: <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/baby/wean-shield.html#weaning" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...d.html#weaning</a><br><br>
We used a nipple shield because I have flat nipples. DD wouldn't latch well and had a very weak suck so that made it even more challenging. I tried weaning from the shield a few times in the beginning but dd always just got so frustrated. Once she became a stronger nurser I tried to wean her from the shield again but she had gotten used to it. She would latch without it but she was too stubborn to nurse without it. I admit I wasn't very consistent in trying to wean her from the shield but I would rather nurse with the shield than not nurse at all.<br><br>
We ended up using the shield for almost an entire year before dd latched onto the bare breast one day and started nursing away. Here we are at 18 months and still nursing- shield free. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Take your time if you need to but (if you don't want to end up like me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) be consistent.
 
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