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I should probably post this in Breastfeeding Challenges, but I'm not because I am no longer having problems. After eleven months and thirteen days of nursing with a nipple shield due to flat nipples, dd FINALLY took just the breast- for the last four nursing sessions! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">: I know no one else would understand how freaking exciting this is! (Not to mention very few people even knew I had to use a shield.)<br><br>
I just had to share- I am way happy! I would have used the shield forever to be able to nurse dd but I am so glad we can look forward to years of nursing without looking for that dang thing every time she wants to nurse. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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oh wow, I used a sheild for just 2 days once and it was so annoying! I'm impressed you handled that for so long!<br><br>
Ps- my youngest was born that same week!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup"> I clearly remember how very excited I was to stop using the nipple shield when DD was 2.5 months. I cannot imagine using it for so long. You've done an excellent job <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><br><br>
As a warning, I dealt with some nipple soreness for the first couple of weeks after she weaned from the shield. No bleeding or anything scary, but I wanted to give you a heads up.<br><br>
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WOW! I finger fed my first for 4 weeks and I was losing my mind! You did a shield for almost a year? You go mama!!! WOW! How exciting! Congratulations!!!
 

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Thanks, ladies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> DD was a stubborn shield user. I tried weaning her from it several times but she wouldn't have it. I finally gave up and accepted it. I felt a little like my breasts had failed me and dd but you all made me feel so much better with the things you said. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br>
DD went to sleep without the shield last night and we didn't even use it for night wakings. Ahhh... that was nice! It was always such a pain to grope around the bed for the clear little p.i.t.a in the dark. She currently napping on a shield free breast! I can't even describe how good this feels. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol">
 

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I'm another impressed mama!<br>
Way to go. I can only imagine the relief and happiness you're feeling. May she continue on for many more moons without that danged shield. :)
 

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Yay! Party time!<br><br>
You are amazing! Way to go! We used a shield for a little under 3 months and I remember how exciting it was to not have to remember it whenever we went anywhere. Nursing discreetly in public (not that you have to be discreet!) was so much easier, too.<br><br>
(I agree with a PP that my nipples were a little sore for awhile while they got used to being without the shield, but ultimately it wasn't as uncomfortable for me--DS's latch was weird with the shield, I think).
 

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It's great to read this post! My DS is almost 12 weeks and we have been nursing with a shield since he was 4 weeks old (prior to that I was pumping and bottle feeding him my breast milk as he couldn't latch due to a tongue tie).<br><br>
I have tried to wean off the shield but it's not happening right now and I have finally made my peace with it. Yet, I was feeling bad since so many people talk about how bad nipple shields are. It's good to hear that you used it successfully for so long BUT also can still wean off of it at a much later date (I was feeling like if I could not do it soon it would never happen).<br><br>
Makes me feel better about where we are now AND also look forward to a possible nipple shield weaning later.<br><br>
-Joanne
 
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