Naomi - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )
So we've been using the shields since my son was a week old, for many reasons i won't go into (long story). I've consistently offered the breast au natural without much luck until the first feed early this morning. He was sleepy, hungry so he just opened wide and 'leaped' at me and started sucking before he realized there was no shield there lol. AND he's been latching on every feed so far today without the Shield!!!!! SO excited! I'm planning to make an appointment at the breastfeeding clinic I've been going to as soon as I'm sure that he will do it consistently (ie he does it all day today) so they can help me with my latch. But it's friday now and I'm pretty sure I won't get in before next week sometime.. and we haven't latched without the shield since he was a week old.. and were having troubles then.
I'm pretty sure He's not latching on properly, no significant pain, just discomfort, but unless there is active let down he doesn't seem to be getting much and pulls off and the nipple is squished.. like the analogy they use of biting the straw.. I don't think the nipple is in far enough. I have all the books in front of me, but all of them are giving advice for newborns.. well he's five months and has lost a lot of the reflexes... I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. last feed I gave him the nipple shield at the end to help the milk let down again.. I find I need to be distracted to get a lot of milk letdowns, the nipple shield is easy and he'll suck it like a soother until the letdown comes again.
I'm a little worried about my supply.. should I try going back on fenugreek? will that help my milk let down faster for him? Also, he won't eat on the right side at all, hasn't for a while now.
yah I know I have problems. I'm going to the clinic. but in the meantime, any tips, hints advice??? I really don't want him to go back on the shield now we're off!!