01-26-2013, 06:34 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Re: Nipple Shield question.
Thank you! I have a better idea of how to use it now, your description was awesome. As for leaving a bad latch I've been guilty of that, especially when I've relatched her a zillion times already and she's screaming her head off.
Originally Posted by AniMommy
Agree w/ pp that you should stretch out and roll it back before putting it on.
It may be helpful to express milk into the tip after you have it on. Gives baby immediate reward and tell him/her this is the right place. Also may calm a baby who's really hungry and has a strong suck.
The baby's lips should be on the flat part of the shield. The whole "hat" part should be in baby's mouth. The shield should stay flat and not move in and out of babys mouth as baby sucks.
I put baby's mouth on the shield - nose to nipple - rolling baby's head from bottom lip up.
I also hold my boob to keep the weight of it off the baby's mouth.
Look at the lips, are they rolled out (vs tucked in?). Roll them out if they are.
If you feel pain while using the shield, break the latch and restart.
Never keep nursing with painful latch. I know I some times didn't want to stop baby when she finally got going.
Keep trying! I'm a second time mom and I thought BF'ing would be easier second time around. Establishing a good latch (pun intended) sucks and I got cracked bleeding nipples too.
I used the shields for a couple days until my nipples healed. (Alt with air drying nips, medela lanollin and the soothies). Now I'm working to get baby weaned off.
Be patient with yourself and baby. Take deep breaths and relax as much as you can. You will get this and eventually it will be so easy you can't believe you had this much trouble.
I called my LC and I did misunderstand her, she told me that baby should be on the flat part not the nipple. But she didn't show me the rolling trick. I've decided to just pump until I am healed which should only be a few more days and then if unable to latch her on decently without a shield I'll attempt using one again.
E, wife to my rock, S 2009 Mama to DD 1/13