My LO is one month old and her latch is not the best. She looses suction all the time and makes a clicking/sucking noise while nursing. We went to see the LC today, and she couldn't figure out why she was doing this. I do have OALD and OS plus she had a tongue tie we had clipped at 9 days old. But her latch has been this way ever since she started nursing. The LC told me to try a nipple shield. I was really hesitant, especially b/c I am so afraid of nipple confusion and her only wanting to nurse with it. We have had 2 nursing sessions so far with the shield. I only leave it on for a minute or two and then let her nurse without. I have noticed a big difference. Almost no clicking at all. Can anyone who has used a nipple shield before give me any tips. You are suppose to use a shield under the guidance of a LC, but mine only told me to give it a try, she did not show me how to nurse with it...so I am pretty much doing this on my own. I am pretty sure I am doing it correctly, I just need to know how long I have to use it for and if I should use it for every feeding. Do I have to use it at night? We nurse side lying...any tricks for keeping it on. Also, I am using the standard size shield...is your nipple suppose to fill the nipple part of the shield...it seems too large, but then again she seems to be doing fine with it. Any advice will help!
Also, has anyone used a nipple shield where it did more harm than good???