So, I'm currently trying to wean my 8 week old off the nipple shield but have decided to ease the "pressure" off the both of us and I've decided (after much inner turmoil) to not rush it. NO MATTER how long it takes.
Me wanting to get him off it so quickly nearly made me give up on breastfeeding all together. I had started giving him bottles of formula to ease my stress because I felt like he was never full/satisfied after nursing off me.
And I quit pumping when I gave bottles of formula. I was prepared to transition to formula completely. I had seen a lactation consultant about it and we got him to latch and so I've been practicing when he wasn't feeling upset and frustrated.
Anyway, yesterday I spoke with a friend over FB to find out she, too, was on the nipple shield for 6 months before her LO latched without it. Even though that's a terribly long time, it gave me hope that I COULD push through it all.
So, starting very early this morning, I've put him to the breast EVERY time he fussed. I'm wanting him to build my supply b/c I'm almost certain I've damaged it. I went a long time without letting him nurse on a normal schedule- I was giving bottles instead.
However, he isn't quite getting full but he isn't super fussy either. He'll nurse until he falls asleep and I'll take him off and he'll wake up- but he's ok. He lays in his crib and chews on his fists, I can still pick him up and put him to me and he'll try to nurse and get frustrated when nothing comes out.
I DID give him a bottle before bed, but only after letting him nurse for well over half an hour on both sides. I really, REALLY, want to get my supply up high enough that he can get full off me. He never really has been able to do that- he's been supplimented with formula since he was born because he wouldn't latch and they hadn't gotten me to a Lactation Consultant yet- so they had me pumping every 3 hours and putting the colostrum in his bottles.
Maybe that hurt me? I am drinking Mother's Milk tea and trying to stay hydrated- anything else I can be doing? Any suggestions? Encouragement? Anyone else been here before?