I have had trouble breastfeeding my son since he was born. I had a planned homebirth w/ Midwife that ended in a transport fully dilated for an emergency c-section.Not the best start.... After several days of my son sleeping off the drugs in his system he started to try breastfeeding more seriously.I was still in the hospital & thought I was doing fine (though it was a little difficult to get him to latch properly),until day 4 of our stay they weighed him & said he dropped his weight by 12%. My milk had still not come in yet & I was faced with a two choices. 1. pump my colostrum & stay for several more days 2. Put him on formula & supplement with pumping to get his weight up & go home. As difficult as it was I chose # 2. My dreams of doing everything natural pretty much went down the drain. The hospital didn't think we could get his weight up to 10% by the next day so we could get released,but we did. During our last 24 hrs in the hospital I went through several 1 - 1/2 hr nursing sessions with the nurses. By the time I got home I was VERY sore! I was determined to get him off the formula/bottle & onto me so I could stop pumping,but my right nipple was scabbed over & my left had blistered & I could no longer endure the pain,so I pumped for several days to recover.My milk came in during the recovery time & after 48 hrs of being home from the hospital he was off formula & bottle feeding with breastmilk. After I recovered I couldn't get him to latch onto me properly he had 4 issues. 1. He wouldn't open up wide enough 2. He would slide down to the nipple 3. He would suck his lower lip in 4. He would use his gums. My Midwife came over & watched me try & nurse him & told me that a nipple shield would be a good idea for a little while till he was trained,especially since he was such a frantic eater. So I bought a nipple shield & he took right to it,which meant he was no longer on the bottle. That was all in week one. For the past 8 weeks I have been trying to get my son to break his habits & take to the breast without the nipple shield. He still has his habits & now he refuses to try & eat off the breast. He won't try to suck or latch on at all,he has no interest,in fact he gets angry with me for trying. I heard that the nipple shield cuts back on the milk supply,which makes sense since it's more of the nipple than the breast that he's eating off of.I'm concerned about my son getting enough milk & am desperately trying to get him broke of the nipple shield. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice as to how I can accomplish this? Thanks for any help you can offer.