Re: Need help weaning newborn off nipple shield
Congratulations on the birth of your baby. you can wean him off the nipple shield but you might have to work around his frustration.
some mothers find it helpful to give the baby a full feeding with what ever method they know works,( like using the shield or a finger feed or a cup or a bottle) and then when they know their baby is not hungry, not distracted by thirst or hunger, that is when the mother places the baby naked from the diaper up against her naked breasts and just let him hang out. Let him taste your skin and absorb your energy and when he is ready to try to latch encourage him to nurse when he is ready.
you can express directly into his mouth to encourage him to nurse.
You are right, the nipple shield does disrupts milk production and if you are using the shield it is helpful to express to maintain your supply.
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