Re: 1st time mom! 1week latching problems sick of nipple shi
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!
First of all, don't let the internet scare you too much about shields. They can cause problems, but they can also be useful tools.
The big problem with shields is that they can in some cases reduce stimulation to and milk removal from the breast. This can result in delayed milk production and in low supply. But it doesn't prevent your milk from "coming in"; once you are seeing whitish milk, mature milk production has begun and the only issue is ensuring adequate milk quantity.
Knowing whether or not you have enough milk is usually a matter of observing the baby's diaper output and weight gain. This is a handy reference on diaper output: http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supp...s/enough-milk/.
Now, if poor weight gain and inadequate diaper output suggest that your baby is unable to stimulate a good milk supply due to shield use, here's what you do:
1. See your pediatrician.
2. Feed the baby. Nurse frequently, supplement if necessary. We can help you through supplementing if it becomes necessary.
3. Call a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, for hands-on help with your baby's latch. Your hospital, midwife, obstetrician, pediatrician, and/or local La Leche League are all good resources for finding lactation consultants in your area. Make sure the LC observes the baby nursing, does a weigh-feed-weigh test, checks the baby for tongue tie (your pediatrician can also do this, but may not be familiar with all the iterations of tongue and lip ties ) and also helps you with pumping, if necessary.
4. Pump, using a high-quality double electric pump with correctly sized shields. While you get the baby's latch figured out, pumping will help you maintain and increase supply, if necessary.
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