My LO who is 5 1/2 weeks now was tongue tied which we discovered when he was 3 days old. I was having trouble getting him to nurse and the hospital's lactation consultant discovered he was tongue tied. She gave me a nipple shield to use until we could get his tongue clipped. Well, because of some difficulties with the Dr. he was 4 weeks old before we could get the procedure done. I've been trying to wean him from the shield and am making some progress but still having difficulties.
I feel like we are learning to breastfeed all over again now! At night I still only use the shield because it's just easier but during the day I breastfeed without it as much as possible. Usually when he wakes up in the morning he will nurse without the shield for a full 20-30 minutes (which is his usual nursing amount) but any other time during the day he only nurses for 5-10 minutes then pulls off and cries. Usually at that time I'd put on the shield and let him nurse the remaining time. The past 2 days though I think he's getting confused because he will nurse for the 5-10 minutes, cry, and then won't latch on to the breast OR the shield. I'll have to let him calm down for 15 minutes or so before he will nurse with either. If I let him feed with the nipple shield he doesn't do that, he'd nurse for a long time with that.
Any ideas why he's only eating for a few minutes then cries and won't latch on again? Is it because that's when let-down is happening and with the shield the suction is different and he's just not used to it?
He had been on a pretty good eating/waking/sleeping routine but now it's all gone hay-wire trying to wean him from the shield. Any help would be appreciated!