My LO is 7 1/2 weeks and would not latch on AT ALL. He cried and got frustrated until I gave up and gave him a bottle. I was heart broken and did not know what to do except to just EP and give him EBM.
Then a week ago I tried the medela contact nipple shield and it actually worked very well!
And now I am proud to say that he LOVES nursing and even actively starts looking for a nipple anytime ANYONE hold him. The problem is that it only works with the nipple shield and I have heard so many bad things about them. One bad thing is that it apparently reduces milk supply but I have seen an increase in mine compared to EP that I did before.
Did anyone else use a nipple shield and did you have any long term/short term problems? I am getting such mixed reviews but it seems to be a life saver for me!