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    Default nipple shields please help

    my baby had problems latching on with my flat nippleswhen he was born.
    at the hospital post c section, a lactation specialist gave me the nipple shield . he started feeding .then I developped an infection and he was jaundiced and they gave him formula for few daysbc he lost a lot of weight. now he is 16 days old . he still want the nipple shield .I have tried on some occasions to get him to latch to my nipple and it has been frustrating. he diid it good on 3 occasions but now he closes his mouth and start crying and screaming.
    I do not know what to do. I feel the shield decreases milk supply and get him tired. he breast feed sometimes for an hr and sometimes for 15 min to wake up 30 min later screaming in humger.
    I am ready to give up.
    I appreciate any help.

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    Default Re: nipple shields please help

    The only thing I can suggest is to keep using hte shield and give him time. My son weaned himself off of the nipple sheild on his own at around 2 months. Sometimes when they're just born their mouths aren't big enough and the nipple sheild helps. There are other mamas on here that might have some more advice for you. to you

    Meg


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    Default Re: nipple shields please help

    I have flat nipples too and when I was in the hospital the LCs gave me a nipple shield to use also. It was so frustrating for me because it took so much effort (and lots of crying by my son ) to get him to latch on. After many attempts, they suggested I use an SNS with the nipple shield to keep him sucking and feeling like he was nursing...and to help with him actually getting fed. In addition, I pumped and used nipple shells to help pull out my nipples. The BM I got from pumping was used for the SNS. I'm not sure if this method would work for you, but that's what was suggested for me by the LCs.

    Don't give up! If the nursing part really doesn't work for you after awhile, there's always the option of exclusively pumping so your baby can still get BM. Best of luck to you.

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    First of all congratulations on sticking with breastfeeding even though you had some problems at the beginning. My LO used bottles for the first 2 weeks and wouldn't latch. I used a nipple shield and she started latching. I was so excited! That quickly led to fustration as she nursed ALL of the time. I'm talking she cried if I stopped to go to the bathroom I knew that the shields were making the problems worse, but for the life of me I couldn't figure out how to get her to latch w/o it. For us it took until she was 3 months old. I would just every few days or so try to nurse her without it and one day for no reason she latched on a went to town! She fininshed in 5 min. on one side instead of 20. I have heard of so many women that one day their LO just stopped. However, I know of many things that have helped. Lots of skin-to-skin really helps. People kept telling me that and it took me a long time to get it. I started sleeping with my shirt off, and bathing with her. Also, I would put a little sugar water on my nipple so she would be more interested in trying. You might want to pump a little to help pull the nipple out for him. Try latching him on while walking around, motion seems to help. I was always told not to try when she was really hungry because it would frustrate her. However, when she did latch on was because she was crying and I couldn't find the shield, so I just tried out of desperation! One thing I will say is don't give up! It will work out and you will be so happy that you stuck with it!

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    I know what you mean about nipple shields. My daughter had a bad latch in the beginning and I would use a shield often, but it would sometimes seem to slow down the milk too much. Try to nurse without it sometimes, or start with it and finish without. You said you baby nursed well a few times. That is common. There will be some nursing sessions that go smoothly and then there can be a whole lot of frustrating ones. If you are very worried about supply maybe you should ask your LC if you should pump. Try to take one nursing at a time and not to worry too much about exactly when it will be easy. But it will be!

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    Do you have one of the soft, silicone nipple shields? (Medela makes one available at Target) Anyways, those shouldn't affect supply. My son used one early on and I though he'd NEVER nurse without it, but eventually we were able to wean him off it, I think around 6 weeks????
    Your baby could be going through their 2 weeks growth spurt and just need to nurse that much more- shield or no shield. Those growth spurts are tough but they do pass.

    Breastfeeding is full of challenges but you can conquer them all. These boards are great and I would also recommend finding your local LLL leader for one-on-one help.

    Good luck!

    Anne- Mom to two active boys: Henry 10/06 and Jamie 4/09


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    Default Re: nipple shields please help

    I am another one who used the shields for a few weeks. My daughter was jaundiced, too, and lost a lot of weight, just like yours.

    Hang in there, keep it low-pressure, and feed whenever he shows signs of hunger. I agree with others who have posted that it is normal for a newborn to want to eat constantly and it may be a growth spurt. Good luck, you can do it mama!

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    Default Re: nipple shields please help

    Thank you all for your support. I think this site is wonderful and keep me in touch with other moms.
    I am better a little as I am trying to stick with breast feeding though I get frustrated sometimes. he does with the shield sometimes and sometimes without. he will be 4 weeks tomorrow.
    thanks

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    A trick to get them to latch without using the shield is to make a "nipple sandwich". I know I had to do this when my son was a newborn. My hospital didn't have a LC so getting a shield wasn't an option; I just fought it out on my own.

    I think there's some information on the nipple sandwich on Jack Newman's website. http://www.thebirthden.com/Newman.html

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    Hang in there! It can be SO frustrating. Breastfeeding in the early weeks is hard enough and the nipple shield seemed to make things much more complicated for me. But it does get better! I'll say it again. IT GETS BETTER! My daughter weaned off of it in one day at 6 weeks. I had tried before then and she wasn't willing but when she was ready, we ditched it and have never looked back. Keep trying from time to time. Start out with the shield and then remove it and offer the breast once the milk is flowing. It might work, it might not. But one day she might just latch on, realize what she has been missing, and never look back! It is also good to try when you are both well rested (as you can be) and she is not too hungry.

    Misty
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