• Nipple shields
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  • 1. Nipple shields aren’t cheating

Medela Contact Nipple Shield, Medium


Hey, good question, I'm there too! The nipple shield really helped my son latch because he had a mild tongue tie. they never had to clip it or anything, the nipple shield helped him until grew out of the tongue tie.. but.. we're still using the shields because pretty much he doesn't feel like latching on properly.. he's 4.5 months. If i try without it he wont' open his mouth to latch on, just clamps his lips shut, squirms and SCREAMS! If I am persistent and sit there for at least 10 minutes, he will latch on out of exhaustion, but he's not latching on properly, I don't think he's getting what he should although it's not really painful, I think only my nipple is in his mouth. he is so tired from screaming he falls asleep right away. we had issues with wieght loss and major problems with milk production because of the poor latch at the start, so I still worry that he needs to eat, and hate seeing him cry. I just don't feel like it's worth it. the shield is annoying but not more annoying then a screaming baby who won't eat without it. How long has anyone gone using the nipple shield for? my prenatal instructor said it's rare to go past 6 months, the baby just refuses.. but my son really can tell the difference between the plastic nipple and my skin.. and he wants the plastic nipple! I really dont' see any end in sight here. is that bad?

I had to use the nipple shield for the same reason. She corrected that problem quickly. At about 3 1/2 months I just started trying to latch her without the shield. She would latch for a little while and then have trouble so I would put the shield on. I did that every time and over the course of a month she nursed longer and longer without the shield. I was able to get her off the shield on my right side first because my nipple came out more on that side. I still have to pinch the left side to get it to come out so she can latch. It took me about a month so be patient. Don't let your baby get too frustrated. If your nipple still don't come out much you could start with the shield and then remove it when you feel they are out far enough for her to try to latch. Good luck!


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In order to use a nipple shield effectively, it should correctly fit the mother’s breast, and the infant should be latched onto the entire areola, not just the shield’s tip. The shield needs to be positioned over the center of the nipple. A series of clockwise rotations should then guide the nipple into the shield tunnel and stretch the shield’s base around the areola. Each stretch of the shield draws more nipple tissue into the shield. The edges of the shield circumference can be secured over the areola with a few drops of water. If the infant is latched onto the shield properly, each suck will show visible movements in the area of the breast distal to the shield. In contrast, little or no breast movement is visible with sucking if the infant is only on the tip of the nipple shield ().