My baby is 1 month old and we have been using the nipple shield since we left the hospital. I hate it only for the fact it falls off and I have to constantly wash it.
When I try to take it off and see if my baby will latch without he panics. He opens his mouth really big but wont latch and he just cries and kicks hysterically so I give up because I don't want him to dread breast feeding.
We started him off on a bottle in the hospital because he wouldn't latch and that's just what the nurses did for me. Mixing my colostrum with the formula.
Well, I am wondering if the shield can affect milk supply this early on because after every feeding my baby still cries and routes as if he needs more. We end up giving him a bottle of formula after a lengthy breastfeeding session.
I've even tried letting him feed (back and forth between breasts for over an hour) and he still came off hungry. I'm utterly exhausted and about 80% ready to just go to straight formula.
Breastfeeding isn't fun :( Or enjoyable.
I've tried drinking Mother's Milk tea and eating Lactation cookies and nothing seems to be working as far as him filling up.
I don't know, I'm just really discouraged right now.