Re: Nipple Shield Weaning
As long as the baby is having enough wet and poopy diapers, she is getting enough to eat and you don't need to worry about how long she spends at the breast. It's pretty normal for a baby's feeding times to speed up once she's off the shield, since shields can slow down milk transfer and lead to longer feedings.
This link covers shields and weaning from them: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...an-shield.html
Getting a baby to take both sides during a feeding is a good goal to strive for in the early days, but you may not be able to make it happen every single time. Ways to keep baby awake and alert at the breast:
- Dress her lightly, or strip her down to a diaper during feedings
- Use a cool damp washrag on the soles of her feet or against the grain of her hair
- Breast compressions: http://www.drjacknewman.com/help/Breast-compression.asp
- Burp her and change her diaper in between breasts
- Keep the lights dim (New babies close their eyes in response to bright light)
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