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    Default trying to get rid of this shield!

    Little one is 4 weeks. I exclusively pumped for nearly 3 weeks. Now I've gotten him off the bottle this last week, but he's stuck on the breast shield. I know it can risk low supply, so I want to get him off as soon as I can. I try offering, but he won't take breast. How can convince him to get off the plastic? thank you!

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    Join Date
    Jun 2009

    Default Re: trying to get rid of this shield!

    It can be a frustrating process to get baby off the shield. I would suggest, adopt an attitude of persistence but not panic. You may see baby not need it for one feeding then need it again. Time of day might make a difference. One side may be shield free before the other, etc.

    First off why is baby using a shield? Is baby capable of latching without the shield? Shields are used for many reasons, but they were designed to provide a firm, more pronounced nipple for a baby who has difficulty latching to latch onto. Some babies with latch issues require the shield for latching at least for a while.

    When weaning off, you might want to try to make your own nipple firmer and more pronounced for baby. The breast sandwich latch can help with this. Make sure your fingers hold the breast well back from the nipple to leave lots of room for baby to get on.

    laid back nursing has been shown to trigger more natural nursing behavior in baby, so may encourage the reluctant nurser or baby who is used to bottles. It may work best if this position can be used most of the time for holding baby, asleep or awake so that early cues are not missed and baby can get to the breast very quickly before becoming more frantic. Of course it is fine to offer to nurse as much as you like because in general, calm baby latches better.

    Good overall latch and positioning article: http://feedthebabyllc.com/latch-and-positioning/

    Laid back http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfeeding.pdf and http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/blog/...-breastfeeding

    nice video on laid back and responding to early cues- http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/video/bn3clip.html

    kellymom on shields: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/wean-shield/
    Last edited by @llli*maddieb; March 25th, 2015 at 09:12 PM.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Brussels, Belgium

    Default Re: trying to get rid of this shield!

    Hi mama, congrats!!! How are things going for you now?
    Last edited by @llli*bxlgirl; March 29th, 2015 at 02:55 AM. Reason: typo!
    Katharine in Belgium
    Be the change you want to see in the world--Mahatma Gandhi
    DD2 Feb 2015 - natural birth VBAC with DD (2010) & DS (2011 VBAC)
    Ouch! Is it thrush or Raynaud's phenomenon?

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    Hi! We're still working on it. He will very occasionally nurse without the shield. I offer my breast without and will attempt latching until he takes it, or gets frustrated. If he gets frustrated I'll go ahead and grab the shield. We don't try at night, as I've noticed he has no patience then. Just making sure my supply stays up is my main concern. He's satisfied at the end of feedings currently.

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