Re: Please help/ giving up/ San Jose,ca
You can wean from the shield, but it's also okay to use one for now. Try not to stress too much about using it, especially if things are going well. You are doing an AMAZING job so far, nursing twins and preemies is a special challenge and YOU ARE MAKING IT WORK!
I don't have personal experience with nursing preemies either, but I think it's pretty common to use a shield with them in the beginning because their little mouths are so tiny. As they get bigger and the three of you get better at nursing in general (yes, they have to learn too) it will hopefully get easier and you can start to wean off the shield. In the meantime keep trying every once in a while to see if they can do it without and try not to worry about it.
Are you nursing them exclusively? Still pumping? Giving bottles at all? Have you seen a lactation consultant about the soreness?
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