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    Default Dropping the shield?

    I am very discouraged about nursing right now. My son is just over 7 weeks old. I have been breastfeeding since day one, but around week two I had to stop because my nipples were so cracked and bleeding! So I pumped for about a week to let them heal. And after that I found out that he was TT. I went to the ENT and he told me he would do the clipping but since it is a posterior tie it will only help so much. He does have more movement of his tongue and nurses more efficiently but after I nurse him my nipple is still coming out looking like a new tube of lipstick. I have been using a shield and it seems to be working out ok but will I ever be able to drop the shield? I try about once a week to nurse without the shield but it hasn't changed. I don't know what to do to get his latch correct. I feel like I've tried everything. If I have to use the shield forever then I will, using that is better then pumping or formula, but I really want to be able to just nurse with no aids or problems. Any suggestion? Did anyone else have this problem after getting this kind of TT clipped?

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    Default Re: Dropping the shield?

    Sorry that you're having to deal with this!! Have you tried beginning the feed with the shield, breaking suction after a few minutes/pulling off the shield and quickly relatching without it? Making sure baby's head is tipped back will help encourage a wider open mouth and thus more breast going into baby's mouth. Avoid touching the back of baby's head while latching as baby may push away from the breast if being pushed on from behind the back of the head.

    Are your nipples sore when they look like lipsticks? My nipples often came out looking like lipstick tubes but since it didn't hurt and baby was gaining weight well/feeding well, I didn't bother worrying about it.

    Can you have an IBCLC or LLL leader see you latch? It really can help to see someone in person.
    Punk-rock luvin mate to DH and mama to DD1 (born '03) , DD2 (born '08) and nursling DS (born '11) who survived infant botulism.

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    Default Re: Dropping the shield?

    Yes they are very sore when he stops. It's the same feeling that it was before they started cracking and bleeding. I have gone to two meeting and they are fairly helpful but I just can't seem to get him to latch without it being painful!

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    Default Re: Dropping the shield?

    I don't have any advice regarding your specific challenge, but just wanted to say that getting an IBCLC may be very helpful! I didn't get one with my first child, and struggled for months. I now have a one week old son and already hired an IBCLC.. and I'm no longer bleeding/blistered or in pain. Good luck to you, mama!

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    Default Re: Dropping the shield?

    My SIL had terrible nipple pain for about 2 weeks with her first baby, and even worse pain with her second for about a month and a half. Eventually it went away for her, and I've read that as time goes on, some babies are able to latch on better as they get bigger. Not sure if that helps, but good luck! DS would only nurse with a shield for a while, so I understand how annoying and messy it can be.

    I'm Erin, wife to a wonderful husband, and first time mother of Baby Will - 05/13/2012

    "Keep calm and latch on!"

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    Default Re: Dropping the shield?

    Have them check the TT again. Sometimes it takes a second clip. And it may take some time to grow a bit.
    Susan
    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
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    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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