So my preemie is now 2 months old, and we are successfully nursing 90% of the time. I am pumping at work during the day and feeding him at all feedings during the night. We've supplemented with formula in the past because I got a lot of misinformation about how long to feed him, but I'm slowly cutting that out; however, they still have to supplement during the day because my supply is low. I'm working on that, too.
Now, I know that having him nurse directly off the nipple will help my supply, but I have NO idea how to go about doing this without traumatizing us both. He's not UNreceptive to it and has latched-on a few times, but it's not great and he'll only suckle for a little while before pulling away and whining. Since he was never good at latching to begin with, I'm not sure how to retrain him to do it well. I'm also worried that he may not ever be able to since he's always been bottlefed as well. Anyone else been here? Or have advice on how to make this work?
I would really like to get rid of the shields because they are kind of a hassle, especially for NIP. However, I won't stop using them if it means he won't BF anymore. As my LC said, "Better to use a shield for 3 months than to not breastfeed the baby at all."