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)