My son is 6 weeks old and still using a nipple shield. He eats well but I am determined to get rid of the shield once and for all. We were started on it because of a medicated birth and inverted nipples. The LC who gave me the shield never warned me of downfalls of using one, had I known I might never have tried it.
I've read almost every website and tried almost every trick and technique in the book to wean him from the shield and nothing seems to work. Despite his mood, time of day,etc. when I offer him a bare breast, he gets MAD! (He inherited my short fuse! I've managed to get him latched on a few (less than ten) times but it doesn't last.
I have been in contact with a LL leader who said to simply wait it out, most babies will outgrow a nipple shield. Is this true or am I doomed to using the shield?
I would be gratefull for any creative tricks or tips others have used in weaning from a shield. I long to throw this thing in the trash forever!!!