Hello everybody. I've been reading all through these posts, trying to find someone else using nipple shields but have not had any luck. I have a 2 week old who has been exclusively feeding using nipple shields for a little over a week. So many things I read caution against them, but without them, I would have to pump and bottle feed, something I'd rather not do. I feel like the shield is better than a bottle at this point. I spoke to a LaLeche rep from my area today, and she suggested that next week some day I simply take away the shields. She realizes I will have a really bad day that day with a very upset child but thinks it might work. I'm terrified to have to do this because whenever I try to latch him without the shields, he gets very frustrated and screams. If I go cold turkey with him, will he just not eat all day? I'm not sure how it will work. He has latched on a few times on his own but not too often. I end up feeding him probably longer than most people because I want to make sure he's getting enough. His diaper count is still good, so that's reassuring, but I'm constantly worrying and just want him to latch on to me exclusively. Any success stories for reassurance?
I am very thankful for this forum because it's just so nice to see that I'm not the only one who is having issues and feeling scared. Motherhood is by far the most challenging thing I've ever faced!