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Old 01-31-2009, 01:02 PM   #1
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Ok so i have an inverted nipple and have resigned to using a shield to nurse. with all the difficulties I'm having with a newborn i really don't want to deal with trying to learn to feed without one right now. Well I've been having a lot of pain nursing lately and it looks like blisters which is strange since shields are supposed to prevent them. well just now i figured out that its the shields fault! baby is sucking my nipple so hard that hes pulling it up through the 4 little holes! ouch! i have four little bumps on my nipples now. do you think the shield would still work if i cut the tip off? or would it chafe baby's mouth?

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Old 01-31-2009, 02:25 PM   #2
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I would think cutting it would be dangerous for babies. They do make different sizes of nipple shields. Maybe you need a bigger one?
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Old 01-31-2009, 02:46 PM   #3
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Don't cut it.. get a bigger one. DS and I nursed for 22 months with a shield. don't stress about thinking of weaning away from it. In fact, the shield is DS#1's "lovey".. he won't sleep without it.
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I would think cutting it would be dangerous for babies. They do make different sizes of nipple shields. Maybe you need a bigger one?
They do make different sizes - places like Target only sell one size, but BabiesRUs and other places have more (I think they make 3 or 4 sizes). The lactation lady told me that your nipple shouldn't hit the sides at all when it is just sitting there.

I nursed or months with my first babe with the nipple shield.

Okay they make three:
http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com...eeding-devices

The 20 mm is the standard one (they have that size at Target). If you look at your shield it has the measurements on it.
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Re: question for shield users

I think I have the biggest one. I'm using the Medela 24mm. Is there a bigger one or is there another brand that runs bigger? I am happy to say that on my normal boob I was just now able to nurse without it, but I don't think I'll be able to on the inverted one. But the nipple is killing me and I really don't want to have to be a one boob nurser.
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I think I have the biggest one. I'm using the Medela 24mm. Is there a bigger one or is there another brand that runs bigger? I am happy to say that on my normal boob I was just now able to nurse without it, but I don't think I'll be able to on the inverted one. But the nipple is killing me and I really don't want to have to be a one boob nurser.

Good question!!

Do you have a lactation person to help? That sounds so painful!!! I had millk blisters that were so painful, but it wasn't the shield that did it. Ouch!!!! I had to take a hot shower and pop them it there (like a pimple). How gross is that! And it really hurt. But the nursing with it hurt even more.
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I've been using a shield for 5 months now since birth with my lo. They are bpa free so i'm fine with keeping him on it. and my lactation consultant said it was fine. But i find when he doesnt use it he has a super gas-y tummy for some reason dont know if its how he sucking or what. like everyone else suggested so far i wouldnt cut it and also they have a 1800 number to call they are very nice to. (they = the shield maker) you could also go see a lactation consultant they are usually* super nice and they watch you how the baby latches on etc, kind of awkward for someone to watch you through a whole feeding but a-they are a nurse and b- its alot of help!!!
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i agree to not cutting it, i used a shield for the first month or so with my first dd bc i also have an inverted nipple...but i never had that happen. I am also going to give you some hope tho, i didnt like the way it felt with a shield and after the first month my dd did fine, and actually preferred that side even without the shield, and now with my 2nd dd nursing i have never used the shield! hope you find one that works tho!
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Hi Mama! I used a shield with DS exclusively until 3 days ago! He is now 4 months and nursing well without it. It still hurts, but the shield was lowering my supply. My advice to you would be to use the sheild at the beginning of the feed to draw out the nipple, then try to slip it off mid-feed. I would just try and get rid of it ASAP as it MAY effect your supply in the future. I did not think it would effect mine - I had SOOO much more than I needed, but a few weeks ago my supply dipped scary low. Got rid of the sheild, and supply returned! Your situation sounds so painfull! Ask your midwife or OB about prescribing a cream for them. I used one that was a prescription and it worked sooo much better than anything over the counter. I agree with PP - seek a lactation consultant, and make sure thay have the proper qualifications!
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I believe 24mm is the size labeled 'medium', and 24mm on a pump is called standard, so I'm sure they make larger for shields.

If you have absolutely no other option than cutting it, you must use a dremel on the ends so they're smooth or you risk cutting baby's mouth. To find someone to do it for you, call your local piercing shops and find out if they have any customers or friends who make teflon jewelry, as the technique is the same and they have the tools.
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