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Old Aug 30th, 2011, 23:23 PM   1
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HELP! My baby will only latch on using nipple shields


My baby is now 5 days old, and I'd really like to exclusively breast feed, he won't latch on at all unless I use a nipple shield. I've been warned that it's very hard to wean a baby off of a nipple shield after they get used to sucking on one. Also, the only position he'll latch on is if I'm laying down on my back and he lays across my tummy.

One of my friends who's a nurse suggested lots of skin to skin, and lay him across my stomach when he's not hungry so he can bob his head around and find my nipple himself. Well, I did that tonight and after about 20 mins of bobby around and me putting him next to my nipple, he'd pass over it every time. I'd try and guide it into his mouth and he'd spit it out each time. My nipples aren't inverted or anything, but they're not super erect either. They're just a pointy extension to my areola which is why I used the nipple shields.

Can someone suggest how I can get baby to latch on without the shield and also in different positions as I can't continue my daily life nursing flat on my back with a nipple shield.

Also, he latches on for like an hour at a time! He's got a good latch (from what the midewife told me the other day - but it does hurt like hell), but he'll literally latch on to my boobs for a total of an hour to an hour and a half at a time! What am I doing wrong?

I thought I was making progress, but now I just want to cry



 
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Old Aug 30th, 2011, 23:54 PM   2
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Awwww hun you're doing soooo well

The first few are so hard and overwhelming but itwill get easier I promise!

I am not onto give advise as my seven month old still won't latch without a shield but your LO is still young enough to unlearn the association. I agree with your friend, lots of skin to skin contact. Also, google 'breast crawl'. Try expressing some milk and smear some around your nipple, hopefully LO will smell it and start association your nipple itself (and not the shield) with milk.

Good luck hun xx



 
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Old Aug 31st, 2011, 00:45 AM   3
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My baby is now 5 days old, and I'd really like to exclusively breast feed, he won't latch on at all unless I use a nipple shield. I've been warned that it's very hard to wean a baby off of a nipple shield after they get used to sucking on one. Also, the only position he'll latch on is if I'm laying down on my back and he lays across my tummy.

One of my friends who's a nurse suggested lots of skin to skin, and lay him across my stomach when he's not hungry so he can bob his head around and find my nipple himself. Well, I did that tonight and after about 20 mins of bobby around and me putting him next to my nipple, he'd pass over it every time. I'd try and guide it into his mouth and he'd spit it out each time. My nipples aren't inverted or anything, but they're not super erect either. They're just a pointy extension to my areola which is why I used the nipple shields.

Can someone suggest how I can get baby to latch on without the shield and also in different positions as I can't continue my daily life nursing flat on my back with a nipple shield.

Also, he latches on for like an hour at a time! He's got a good latch (from what the midewife told me the other day - but it does hurt like hell), but he'll literally latch on to my boobs for a total of an hour to an hour and a half at a time! What am I doing wrong?

I thought I was making progress, but now I just want to cry
Congrats!! Havent seen you around in a while! I dont know anything about the shields but I found some videos that helped alot by Jack Newman. He is a canadian pediatrician and lactation specialist. He has some quick little videos on youtube and itunes that helped so much! He tells you how to tell if LO is actually swallowing milk or just suckling for comfort or to increase milk supply, tells you how to reposition so LO is getting good milk flow, etc. I know he wrote a couple books too. Maybe you can watch them and see if he gives some tips on the nipple shield? I know he talks about latching and helping LO find the nipple. I hope you find something that works! It will get easier, I promise.



 
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Old Aug 31st, 2011, 04:11 AM   4
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Don't worry is the first thing! I used breast shields for 4 and a half weeks as I found it too painful to latch LO without them and it was either use them or give up feeding. After 4 and a half weeks i decided I'd had enough of the hastle with sterlising, washing, trying to find the shields that I tried without them and LO latched without any problems at all. It is not the end of the world if you use shields, at least you are giving it a go and have not given up!



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Old Aug 31st, 2011, 06:42 AM   5
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I'll be watching this thread with interest. It took us 10 days to get ds on and it's only with a shield. I really want him to bf w/out. Carrying it around in a wee pot of milton is driving me mad!



 
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Old Aug 31st, 2011, 06:52 AM   6
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Dont panic, I couldn't get the little one latched without them at first either. Took about 6 weeks to be shield free. Just keep trying with out.



 
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Old Sep 1st, 2011, 10:32 AM   7
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Thanks ladies. A really helpful midwife came by yesterday and helped me get him latched on the right side and he's been doing it since with a bit of encouragement from me. Now the problem is that he wont latch onto my right side, and my left nipple is so engorged and huge that he won't take it in his mouth



 
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Old Sep 1st, 2011, 10:35 AM   8
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Feed on the right without shield. Feed on the left with and keep trying without.



 
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Old Sep 1st, 2011, 11:48 AM   9
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When i wake up i am very full and LO struggles to feed so i have to squeeze just behind the nipple to make it a bit slimmer (if you know what i mean) and hold it there until i had deflated a bit!



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