Hi. My name is Juyeon and I have 5 week old son. I have been using a nipple shield since my son was born. Recently, I talked to a lactation consultant. And she told me I might have a benefit to use a nipple shield becuase my milk is more than enough. My son chokes sometimes due to too much milk coming out and a nipple shield might help to slow the milk. Anyway, today I have so much pain right next to the nipple region because of the irritation I got from using a nipple shield. And for some reason, he is frustrated to larch on even with a shield. I Don't Know WHY.
Now I am thinking using it was not a good idea in a first place because my son doesn't like to switch to bare nipples. (I should try harder, though) I want to start to breastfeed my son without using a nipple shield. I tried but he just seemed so confused and frustrated to latch on bare nipples. then I end up switching back to the shield because I worry if he doesn't get enough milk from frustration. Should I keep trying?
Oh, and How do I prevent the areola from irritation using a nipple shield if I need to use it for a while.
What can I do to reduce the pain from irritation?
Please give me any advise. I would appreciate it. Thank you.