Re: questions about nipple shields
No, a nipple shield won't really help wtih OALD or Oversupply. I had BOTH with my DD and also used a nipple shield in the beginning for a flat nipple. The nipple shield is good for pulling out inverted/flat nipples or helping your LO learn to latch on correctly. If you are having nipple pain due to a bad latch, it might help your LO learn to latch correctly. But, if you are experiencing a bad latch only in the side-lying position, (and all is fine in other positions) a nipple shield won't work. You just need to reposition yourself of your LO. Also, if you are experiencing pain due to a bad latch, I hate to say it, but the only way to get past it is to NURSE MORE - b/c then your LO learns and your nipples get toughened up more. So, the nipple shield won't be a "fix" - more like a bandaid.
In regards to the OALD and oversupply. First, STOP PUMPING if you are. All that is doing is telling your body to make more milk! Establish the block feeding (every 3 hours - only nurse on ONE side) . And, for the OALD - have a burp cloth or recieving blanket nearby when you sit down to nurse - hand express into the towel before LO latches on and then you might even have to take LO off to hand express again, once you feel the letdown occur. Also, nursing in a reclinging position is very helpful.
SAHM to 2 EBF babies!
Elly Ann born 06/26/2006 *Nursed 15 months!
Mitchell Carter born 08/08/2008 *Going strong at 4 months!