Re: Shallow Latch
If you're not seeing fast nursing times and choking, then I doubt that OALD is the issue. I'm thinking that the baby must just still be too small to routinely achieve a good latch, or that the tongue tie wasn't completely severed... Either way, time should help fix the problem, and I know it's cruel to tell a sore mama "just wait, it will get better" because it's not my nipple that is going to get chomped, but I really do think that time fixes most latch issues.
A nipple shield does not really teach a baby to latch. If the baby will suck on the breast, he's latching and the only issue is the quality of his latch. A nipple shield can reduce pain, but it can also lead to slower milk transfer and reduced supply, particularly if the latch is already shallow. It doesn't generally improve the latch at all. It just makes it possible to wait the pain out. I personally would use one only if nursing was unbearable or if I had guidance from a LC.
Hang in there, mama!
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