Re: Nipple Shield and Pain
greetings kjreif! I'm so happy you are breastfeeding ds#3! flat nipples that do protrude when you are expressing milk are a good sign! your baby might also be a lustful enough nurser to adequately obtain his feed from your left side w/o the shield.
the shield as you know can prevent your nipple from getting proper stimulation to maintain an abundant milk supply. so that is where pumping pays off. but when you feed your LO the pumped milk in a bottle he is not learning how to latch on correctly.
The pins and needles sensation you are experiencing with the shield sounds terribly awful. I wish there was a way to convince your LO to use his nursing know-how and settle down to latch on with out the shield. This is where a IBCLC would be most helpful.
DD#1 July 1986 VB
DD#2 April 1988 c/sec
DS#3 April 1990 VBAC
DS#4 June 1993 VB
DD#5 April 2001 c/sec
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