Re: Nipple Shield Woes
One of the dirty little secrets of breastfeeding is that nursing a newborn often isn't that enjoyable. Newborns are all take, take, take- pretty much all they do is eat, create diapers for you to change, sleep, and cry. And they're tough to nurse because they are so weak and uncoordinated. But all of this improves with time- as your baby grows he'll get stronger and more coordinated, and that will make it easier to position him, and he'll become a more adept nurser, which will make latching him on much less of a challenge. And best of all, he'll start to give back: he'll smile at you, giggle, reach up with a gentle touch...
Shields can definitely impact milk supply. The shield gets in between the baby's mouth and the breast, and that can reduce stimulation to the breast, making feedings slower and less effective and resulting in reduced supply. So the shield could be a problem for you, and you're going to want to keep trying to wean from it. This link from kellymom explains how: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/wean-shield/
Formula supplements are even more likely than shields to cause supply problems. The PP posted a great link on how to wean from formula.
Can you tell us how much formula you're using right now? How many oz do you put in a bottle, and do you supplement after every feeding?
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