My daughter is 6 weeks old today. We had been having latching problems since the first days after birth. She was not tounge tied, it just seemed that she didn't get enough of my breast in her mouth. We would have a few good latches mixed in with poor ones and my nipples got cracked and very sore...to the point of crying and dreading breastfeeding.
I worked with a lactation consultant, but my nipples were not healing. So finally the consultant gave me a nipple shield to wear while nursing so that I could heal.
Now I am healed. Baby girl is getting plenty of milk with the shield, I can tell because she is obviously gaining weight, and her poops and pees are in the "appropriate" amounts.
I would like to nurse without the shield, but am nervous about weaning off of it. I worry that the same latch problems will occur again, as my baby seems to get frustrated pretty quickly if she doesn't get on the breast fast enough, which can make getting her mouth open enough fast enough pretty challenging.
If anyone has any experience and advice with this, I would greatly appreciate it. We are nursing fine with the shield, but I would really like to be able to nurse without one.
Thank you so much!