I must do a brief happy dance for the fact that this week my son (2 months) stopped using the shield! It has been two days nipple shield free! Why he stopped I'll never know, he was whining one day and I offered him bare nipple and he took it! Talk about tense, waiting for him to let go and cry but he didn't!
Now I have a few questions:
- I am engorged again, not as bad as when the milk first came in, but still uncomfortable. Is it that he's taking in more? I weighed him once (5 oz in about 15 minutes!) Feeding him is so much nicer now that it doesn't take 45min or longer!
-my nipples are SORE! I know they've been protected for two months and he's still perfecting the latch, is this normal? As I've never breastfed without the shield I don't know the amount of soreness to expect when starting.
-Am I in any danger of him going back to the shield? He only seems to be getting better at not using it but I'm nervous.