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Old 06-20-2011, 08:09 AM   #1
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Nipple shield pros and cons?

My friend is really commited to BFing her 6 day old DD. However she just got home from the hospital and now she has scabs on her nipples from her LO not latching properly. Her nipples are kinda flat, so that may be part of the issue. Last night was really hard for them because her DD was up all night fussing, trying to latch to her shoulder, neck etc and popping off the boob. I suggested a nipple shield because my cousin used one when her LO hurt her nipples at first and she had a lot of success with it.
My friend loved the shield...her DD latched better than she ever had and took her longest feeding the first time she used it.
But now I hear there are some concerns with using a shield. Any thoughts? I just don't want to recommend something that might make BFing harder later but at this point she is in pain without it and it seems to be working for them.

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Old 06-20-2011, 08:18 AM   #2
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I think it's fine for her to use them now. Maybe once she had heeled she can start "weaning" from using them. She could start the feed with them, but then try removing after after a few minutes and see if she can get baby to latch properly without them. I've used nipple shields in the past, for DD#1 it was for latch problems. With DD#2 and DD#3, I used them when I was engorged to help my girls latch on more properly. DD#4 if 4 weeks old today, and this is the first baby I haven't used them with in the beginning. I tried to use them when I was engorged this time, but she didn't want anything to do with a nipple shield.
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:25 AM   #3
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Re: Nipple shield pros and cons?

Be careful. I was told I needed a shield for flat nipples. First I was given the wrong size. DS never properly latched even with that and I almost lost my milk.

Pumping was the only thing that saved my milk until a lactation specialist was able to come and get him to latch without.

Much more helpful long term would be the help of a lactation specialist.
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Re: Nipple shield pros and cons?

for sure use them under the consultation of a LC. They have a place, but they also have drawbacks.

I tried with an older baby (I had a bite that wouldn't heal and was in PAIN) and he thought it was a joke. He tried to bite it thinking it was something to gum at and play with. Which made me nervous because he chomping on a thin piece of plastic covering my damaged nipple!

I found pumping the damaged boob and nursing on the good one for a few days was my best bet. I would let him nurse bum-boob once a day just to get it drained totally (I was a lousy pumper, I think I had a lousy pump)
I know "they" say not to pump in the early days because you can get engorged from too much milk coming in, but too much milk is easier to deal with than no milk IMO.

Good luck to your friend, those first few weeks are THE hardest Once she gets through the early weeks she should be much better off.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:14 PM   #5
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Re: Nipple shield pros and cons?

I used a nipple shield for about four months with my daughter, starting in the hospital. They gave me the wrong size as well, but I bought the correct size at BRU when we got home. I had flat nipples and DD was a little early, so latching really wasn't working very well. I'm not sure whether I could have worked harder at the latch and not used the nipple shield, but I never had supply issues, which is the main problem I've heard about.

HOWEVER - I have wondered if the supply issues have to do with the shield slowing down milk flow or hindering good suction? DD nursed for 45-1hr every time she nursed, slowly getting a bit faster. When she weaned off the shield, it suddenly got much faster. If a mama wasn't up to long nursing sessions, I wonder if that might cause supply issues. I'm not sure.

The nipple shield WAS a pain and made nursing more complicated, which I didn't like. But it got us going.
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The nipple sheid saved me. DS was a preemie and had a lot of trouble latching but I was able to ween him off of it after about 2-2.5 months. I honestly think more women would bf if they were given this option when having latch issues.
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The nipple sheid saved me. DS was a preemie and had a lot of trouble latching but I was able to ween him off of it after about 2-2.5 months. I honestly think more women would bf if they were given this option when having latch issues.
I agree. I used one for 4 weeks with DD and am not sure what my BFing relationship would be like without it because we spent hours trying to get her to latch with no success, even with a LC. She successfully weaned off of it after 4 weeks (I would try every few days to not use it at one feeding, and eventually she just got it), and we've had no issues since (she's 12 weeks today).
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I used a nipple shield for a little while. At first it was awesome, then after a couple days DS was having none of it. I have one normal nipple and one flat one, and I guess he just didn't see why both nipples couldn't be equally satisfyingly fleshy. Eventually, he worked out how to maul my flat nipple into something he could nurse from, so it wasn't a huge deal in the long run. It's worth keeping an eye out for potential issues, but no sense borrowing trouble. Likely, the nipple shield will just be an interim thing for her as well.
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Re: Nipple shield pros and cons?

I think he nipple shield can be a great tool that can do a lot of good under the correct guidance and supervision but I do think it is over recommended and often can lead to many more problems than what one originally had. It's just all about how it is used.

I will say I feel like the shield saved my nursing relationship with my first. I had flat nipples, she wasn't able to latch on, her bili levels were going up and she had lost over 10% of her body weight. We were desperate and the nipple shield did exactly what it needed to do for about a week and then we weaned off of it with no problems. I think that many people start to use it as kind of a crutch and don't wean off soon enough and that's when they end up with supply issues but that all goes with using it under the proper supervision of a LC.
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Re: Nipple shield pros and cons?

I also used a nipple shield after dd was born. We had latch problems that were causing me severe discomfort and cracked, bleeding, scabbed nipples. I had a lactqtion consultant help us before we were discharged from the hospital, a postpartum doula come by every two to three hours to wqtch feedings for the first three days after we were home and finally when none of them could figure out why wer were having such a hard time latching another lc suggested a shield. I only used it for a couple of months, but I feel like it was the bridge we needed to establish a great breastfeeding relationship. We nursed for an amazing 19 months.
My goal for this baby is to not need the shield at all. I don't know that it effected my supply at all, but it was quite a hassle to deal with it during those night feedings.
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