I am currently working on getting my 2 month old son to nurse without a shield. We sometimes have minor successes (a minute or two latched with no shield and no hysterics,) but mostly he shrieks until I break down and put the shield back on. Tears all around. Has anyone else been through this? Does it get easier? Friends keep telling me I need to just throw the shield out and force him to quit it cold turkey, but I can't do that to him... He gets so upset. And every day that we continue using the shield I worry that we are going to be dependent on these stupid things forever. I would appreciate any tips or reassurances from anyone who has been through this!