Ok, so I always wanted to wean from the shield right away, but no such luck. 3 months later, here we are. I have to admit, I've been lazy about it, but I work half days, and don't want to deal with it there.
I know the steps & suggestions, but I have a few questions, because any time I do try, I second guess myself.
LO loves to "play" while he's eating & unlatches a lOt. I don't know if this is cuz it's easy to do w/ the shield, if it's normal for many babies or because that's just how he is. It's pretty cute, especially when he attacks it with a "haum" sound, but without the shield, my nipples are just not the shape he can do this with. But does anyone else's baby do this sans shield?
LO has no prob with the idea of ridding of the shield, he switches easily, but once he unlatches the first time, we can't seem to get a decent latch again...so back to the shield I flee. With his habit of unlatching for fun, this makes me wimpy about sticking with it!
Then there's the pain. One side is better than the other, and the pain is not as sharp and obvious as the first few weeks of his life, but as the session goes on, I realize that they are getting sore & it's not right. But we can't very well just try to get a better latch, since as I said above, it gets worse on the relatch. But could it be just me getting used to no shield? How do I know what kind and how much pain to tolerate? Again, I'm willing out cuz I just don't know what is ok to tolerate.
He also has a sensitive gag reflex. Half the time when I stuff enough in his mouth, he gags. But if I don't, he has a shallow latch. Any suggestions on what to do for that?
I still kinda hope that one day he'll just have a beautiful latch on his own, but I dunno! I don't want to be sore if I don't have to be, but maybe this is the normal course of things.
Oh, and wondering how my "smarter" (older) baby is different than the very dependent one of a month or two ago. It seems like it would be harder to teach him the good latch (how to not slide down onto just the nipple) since that is the feeling he's used to, being that the shield makes everything in his mouth the shape of a nipple.
Advice? Experience? I would like to stop being such a wimp!!