Hi! I posted a thread on this same subject about 8 weeks ago. I just wanted to tell you to hang in there and it DOES get better. We started with the shield at 3 days because she wouldn't latch without it. I went to LLL meetings, met with various LCs and watched every video available online but nothing could get this child to latch without the shield. I tried every feeding with no luck. Well last Tuesday lo and behold, she DID it without the shield. And we haven't looked back since!!! She was 9 1/2 weeks before she could latch without it. It is an amazing feeling to overcome this! You can too, hang in there and good luck!