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Hi all, I am new to this board. My baby girl is 10 days old and we are having some issues breastfeeding. One of my nipples is very flat, and I have been using nipple shields to help. They work wonders, but are such a pain! I went to a lactation consultant yesterday, and she said to use the shields if need be, but to try to stop relying on them. Anyone else use them? Do they effect your milk supply? I am "power pumping" right now, since my milk supply doesn't seem to be enough at the time.
Hi there and congrats on your new little one. About the nipple sheild, i used one for about 3 months. It was an absolute god-send. One day i forgot it and Jack was screaming so i figured lets give it a shot and viola, it worked. Ever since then i have been nursing without the sheild. It did not affect my supply at all and ITA that using it is a big PITA! But right now i would just work on getting comfortable with nursing and worry about weaning from the sheild a little bit later on. Good luck.
Eventually you will want to wean from the shield, but do it when you feel comfortable. Start with one feeding a day and try to latch her on without the shield. If she takes it, then great, if not, try again another time. If you do feel it's having an effect on your supply, then be sure that your little one is still gaining weight well. If not, then it may be a good time to try weaning from it. As she gets older, she'll have an easier time latching onto your flat nipples. Make sure you have a good latch technique, with her mouth open very wide as she goes in to latch on. This will help her take in as much of the areola as possible and make your flat nipples less of a problem. Here's a few links that may help also, on flat nipples and nipple shields: