I had posted previously about my son who is tongue tied, and I am using nipple shields. Well typically he will nurse for at least half hour to 40 minutes or more (even up to an hour). I was worried about him getting enough because he had lost wieght and dr's where wanting to suppliment with formula. Well he hasn't lost anymore and has gained some back with out me supplementing. So that is good news. The other day I wanted to see if I could handle going with out the shield so I tried it with out, and my son and I did great. I was sore for the rest of the evening, so I put the shields back on. However I have gone with out them all day today and have noticed that he is sleeping a lot better, and seems so much more content. He isn't crying nearly as much as he usually does. I also noticed that with out the shields he was swallowing way more, and nursed for shorter period of time. More like 15 to 20 minutes. I am hoping that I can take going with out the shields. I really don't want to go back to having completely raw nipples.
I do have a latching question. My little guy won't open wide, even when I try to tickle his nose, or lips. I have to wait till he fusses a bit, then when is mouth is wide open I put him on. Is there another way to get them to open wide?