Alyssa - posted on 02/08/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )
I had so much trouble trying to get my son to latch on the first few weeks because I have 2 flat and 1 inverted nipple. he wouldn't eat at all so I had to formula feed him at the beginning (which i HATED). after a lot of frustration and failed attempts I tried a nipple shield by Medela and he latched the very first time! he has been gaining weight very good and is now 2.5 months and exclusively breastfed.
however, I am trying to get him to wean off of the shield and hopefully eat at the bare breast. he attempts to latch, but can't seem to get it without the shield and then get frustrated and starts crying.
Also, if I cannot wean him, is it bad to continue using the shield long term??
Anyone else that went through this or has advice out there?