Do any of you have experience with a nipple shield? This contraption is the only way my baby will recognize my nipples and latch. If I let down, the baby can't seem to get ANY milk from the shield, even though there is tons in there and it can be seen pouring out, and my other breast is clearly letting down and soaking my clothes. But he sucks and sucks and nothing comes out of the shield so he gives up and this is extremely detrimental to our very tenuous BFing experience. He is learning that the breast = frustration and the bottle = food. I wasn't sure if it was my imagination so my husband tried and yep, there's milk visible there, surrounding the nipple but none comes out!
Am I doing something wrong? We are working with a lactation consultant who has us doing exercises to improve his suck... but there's been vast improvement on the bottle and the pacifier so I can't imagine that's it. Besides if my husband can't get it then how could the baby?
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Seeing consultant friday so I thought I'd post this here since that's a long way off.