I am having a very emotional time w/ the nipple shield. Def a love hate thing. The lactation consultant at the hospital fitted me and recommended it's use due to my LO's chin shape (small lower lip, was getting a callous from trying to feed without) combined w/ my near flat nipples. He would latch correctly but quickly lose the nipple and not feed well. He has been eating well with it. While I am so grateful that I am able to BF and my 5 week old is doing well and gaining weight, I am also so disappointed that I cannot feed him w/o the shield. I have tried weaning, but he gets so frustrated that I give up and go back to the shield. I can get him to latch on w/o the shield, but he will let go after only seconds of nursing and the gets extremely upset- I don't want him to develop an aversion to breast feeding. And now I think he has thrush (we have our next checkup tomorrow so I'll find out for sure) and I feel like it's just one more hurdle trying to get me to just quit and do formula (I have threatened this many times out of frustration and tears) but it means everything to me and my LO to find a way to make breast feeding successful. My goal has always been to feed for a year. I need help! If worse comes to worse and I can't wean him successfully from the shield, is it ok to keep using the shield for good? Thanks for your help!