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Thread: flat nipples and weaning off the shield

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2007

    Default flat nipples and weaning off the shield

    My sister is nursing her 2wo with a nipple shield. She's tried going without and her dd objects so she just goes back to the shield. She thinks maybe her nipples are just too flat for her dd to get a good latch when her mouth is still so small. She's thinking to just wait until her baby is bigger before weaning off the shield, despite the pressure from her lc to do it asap.

    She and I have coampared nipples and, while I wouldn't have said her nipples look that flat on their own, next to mine they definitely don't stick out as much. I also tried nursing her dd for a few seconds and she latched on to me right away with no problem, even though she struggles with her mama.

    So I'm asking for my sister : are there women who use a nipple shield long-term? And what else might she try to deal with the flat nipples? (She's tried using the pump)

    Wife to Nick, m. May 2005

    Mommy to Gabriel (b. January 2007, 8lbs. 15oz.), nursed 18 months.

    Isaac (b. August 2009, 9lbs. 1oz- naturally), nursed 22 months, through PPD/PPA and emergency gallbladder surgery.

    and Corban (b. March 2012, 11lbs. 6Oz.- naturally in the water), my NICU baby, still nursing strong at age 2!

    Daughter of God

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2006

    Default Re: flat nipples and weaning off the shield

    I used one with my first for 6-8 weeks, then suddenly, he was able to nurse without it. My nipples were not just flat, they were inverted.
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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