Thanks to everyone who replied to my last post. It put my mind at ease.
I wondered if any of you ever had to use a nipple shield to get your baby to nurse and, if so, if you were able to get off it later? My daughter is 3 weeks old and we're still using it. My nipples were never flat before but seemed to become flat as soon as I gave birth. It's hard to get them erect and as soon as she starts rooting around they go flat again. In the hospital a lactation consultant and several nurses tried to get her to latch and no one succeeded.
The nipple shield is working very well for us. She was 7 lb 2 oz at birth and now at 3 weeks 2 days is already 8 lbs. But I would like to be able to get rid of it especially since I often have to inject some expressed milk underneath it to give her some instant gratification to get her started. This would make it very hard to nurse out in public.
I feel very grateful to have come this far. She was almost a week old the first time the LC finally got her to take the nipple shield and I'd almost given up hope. Until then we were giving expressed milk in a bottle with occasional formula supplementation. Now we're breastfeeding exclusively.
Anyone have any experience in this area?