Re: Help with nipple shield pleasee (long)
This is my favorite link on shields and how to wean from them: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/wean-shield/
Be patient and keep trying, mama! Babies are smart and I think most of them eventually realize that they can nurse without that silly silicone witch's hat in the way.
Can you tell us more about the soreness you are experiencing? Are your nips sore AND cracked? If they are cracked, is there just one big crack or multiple slitlike cracks? When do you feel the most pain- at the beginning of a feeding, throughout the feeding, towards the end of the feeding (you might feel like baby has "slipped up" onto the nipple), or after the conclusion of the feeding? Is the pain more of a sharp stab, like a bite, or more of a burning? Any itchiness? Dry or flaking skin? Increased redness/pinkness?
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