Re: Nipple Shields
Congratulations on getting the baby to the breast! That's awesome!
Nipple shields do get mixed reviews. For moms with babies who will not otherwise latch, and for moms in a lot of pain, shields can be a godsend. But there's no silver lining without a grey cloud: for some moms, shield use can reduce milk transfer, decrease stimulation, and decrease supply. But that is some, not all! It doesn't sound like you are one of the moms who is likely to experience a problem, since you're seeing a supply increase over what you had when you were EPing. If the shield were going to have a negative impact on your supply, you'd probably already be seeing it. Nevertheless, as you and your baby gain confidence, you might want to start offering the bare breast and see what happens. If you can get your baby to nurse without the shield, you'd gain some convenience.
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