if it helps baby get milk, it's worth it.
have you seen a lactation consultant about your babys latch? You can also watch some Jack Newman videos for a good visual: http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/index.php
Start there, checking babys latch, see a LC, but it isn't the end of the world if you need to use the shield for a bit.
I had to use a shield for both of mine, the first for only 3 months and he nursed until 28 months. The second used the shield for 7 months (she has mouth deformities though) and is now 28 months and still nursing. It was just for a time, they got milk and eventually nursed without the shield. Without them we wouldn't have been able to breastfeed, so use what you have to.
When you use the shield try latching baby to just your nipple first, without the shield, and then go to the shield when you need to. Start every feeding that way, even if it doesn't work over and over again, keep doing it.
you'll do fine, mama!
Hi! Glad to have you here and I am sorry that breastfeeding isn't going the way you'd like so far.
Tell us what makes you think that the baby is having a hard time getting milk? What is he doing exactly?
here is a great reference on latching- http://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/bf-basics/latch-resources/
Even if latch and positioning look perfect (and, yes, even if a lactation consultant told you they were fine), pain and/or ineffective milk transfer indicate that there is a problem somewhere, and the first suspect is ineffective latch/positioning.
If baby is transferring milk and gaining weight well, and mom is not hurting, then latch and positioning are – by definition – good, even if it’s nothing like the “textbook” latch and positioning that you’ve seen in books.
oh and here is tons of info about nipple shields- http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/wean-shield/
Please listen to me - I know that a lot of women on here are going to tell you to work with a lactation consultant and to try to work without the nipple shield, and they have VERY VALID POINTS.
I know that it is incredibly stressful, especially if this is your first baby and you are dead set on breastfeeding. I went through the SAME THING with my first baby and I ended up going with a nipple shield. He nursed very successfully for almost a year with that, no issues for us. I would recommend, however, having several back ups handy (they like to disappear sometimes!) AND using the "contact" ones. This is just my two cents, but I completely understand because I went through this. Don't be sad - you are giving your baby breast milk which is the best thing for him!!!
Nursing with a shield is better than NO nursing, keep that in mind, MOST babies can be weaned from a shield after a few weeks to a month too
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