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Hi, my name is Alyssa and I just had my first baby Sept 8. We had some issues with BF at first, she was born 2.5 weeks early, so she was small and lost a lot of weight in the hospital so they had me supplement with formula for 2 days until I was producing enough for her to just get breastmilk. I was nursing her for 10 minutes then giving her a bottle. Then they kept me giving her bottles because of her jaundice. As soon as her jaundice peaked, I went back to EBF. For the first few days she was latching alright, but I would occasionally have to use a nipple shield. Now the past 2 days she WILL NOT latch without it, with it, she eats great. I just don't know what to do, I don't want to have to keep using it, it makes things more difficult and messy. She was latching just fine and all of a sudden stopped. I have gotten better about noticing her "hungry" cues, so I have been feeding her before whe starts to cry. Should I start letting her cry and see if she latches then? Could it simply be a growth spurt? TIA!!
Greetings Alyssa and huge congrats to you on your baby girl!
I will leave the advice up to the other ladies on the board, as they are the experts. The only action I can suggest is seeing a Lactation Consultant. This board is extremely supportive so please visit often.
How you want to handle it is up to you. If you want to try weaning her from the shield, it may take some persistence, but it can be done. I'm not sure, but I would say the earlier you do it, the easier it might be because they are less attached to it. If nursing is still a bit stressful and weaning from the shield would add to that, then you can wait and just focus on getting comfortable nursing first. When I weaned DD from the shield, I would try to latch her on without, if she wouldn't, I'd let her use it part way through, then unlatch her and try without it again. After doing this a few times, she got the hang of it. She was only 3 days old, so it wasn't a big problem at that point. Also, be sure to work with a lacatation consultant to be sure her latch is correct when she is latching without the shield. It may also help to work with one to wean from the shield. Here's a link on nipple shields and weaning from them: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...an-shield.html
Andrea, mom to Abigail (6) Annabelle (4) and Alexis (1)