Nipple shields/protector

Dana - posted on 04/01/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Is there any harm to use Nipple shields/protector continuously? does it make gases for the baby? anybody used it before?

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Natasha - posted on 04/05/2010

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i was only 17 when i had to use a nipple shield with my first child because he couldnt suck properly on one of my breasts at all. i didnt no anything about them at all but i can say that i would use them again if i had the same problem, i thought they were so easy to use and my little one use to get so full using the nipple shield compared to just sucking on my other nipple.... i dont think they would make a baby get gas, my son was fine using them. i used it for atleast 4 months, theres good and bad things about them that iv heard of but hey you get that with everything these days. i had no problems at all..all the best hope this helped a bit.

Tara - posted on 04/01/2010

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oh ya i used one with my preemie to help him latch and because he was used to bottles at the hospital (which i know i could have told them no bottles but we wanted him home sooner) and he got kind of used to the shield and we had problems with emptying everything out of my breast so one day i decided not to use it and he did great

Tiphanie - posted on 04/01/2010

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i just had my little girl. ANd ive been using the nipple shields and was wondering the same question. but the hostpital gave me instructions with it. And it says to only use it until she can latch on to my nipples with out any problem.

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Victoria - posted on 04/04/2010

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My son was a little more than 3 months old before we got him weaned off of the shield. My LC said that he was eating well with it and that I didnt need to stress over getting him off of it (especially since he was having surgery when he was 2 months old).

Jennifer - posted on 04/03/2010

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they don't make the baby gassy, but they can have a negative effect on your supply. It is important to be properly fitted for one by an IBCLC. More importantly, to find out why you feel the need to use one and to try to improve that situation so that you don't need to. Your local La Leche Leader can be very helpful here: llli.org.

Vignette-Noelle - posted on 04/03/2010

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I used a nipple shield with my daughter for the first 3 months and I noticed it greatly helped her "sucking" to become stronger. It was so thin it may as well have not been there. I had heard some people say it suppresses your supply and takes away from the bond, yada, yada, yada... but none of those things were true in my experience. My daughter just decided one day she didn't need it anymore and we've never had a problem since. Hope this helps! ;)

Brenda - posted on 04/03/2010

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I used one with my son for 10 months because he had an overbite and I have what my nurse calls "small nipples". I used it for my daughter for about a month and a half because my nipples were bleeding. I didn't experience any issues, but I did also begin pumping milk while in the hospital to get a massive supply because I knew it would drop as soon as I went back to work. They are only inconvenient because of the MASSIVE amount of time spent cleaning them. Especially in the middle of the night.

Sophie - posted on 04/03/2010

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Oh one more thing, some babies once used to the nipple shield (like my daughter) will not eat without it. I could never get her back on the bare breast and that is why I used it this long.

Sophie - posted on 04/03/2010

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I used a nipple shield for the entire time I breastfed my daughter 8 1/2 months. I spoke with my family doctor about the potential for damaging the formation of her mouth and he said that it was too soft to cause any problems of that nature. I also spoke with a lactation consultant and she told me that there again was no harm in using one, that it was more of an inconvenience to the mother (and it can be). She even informed me that another lactation consultant at the clinic breast fed her child for 2 years with one. The only thing with the nipple shields is that the breast is not stimulated in the same manner as regular breastfeeding, therefor you run a higher risk of low milk production. Pump after feedings if you can and massage your breast while the baby is eating to help with the letdown.

Andrea - posted on 04/02/2010

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Depending on the age - make sure you pump after each feeding when using them! That is what I was told - as the baby does not usually empty the breast as well when using them. But yes, if you need to use one, do it for as long as you need, I used mine for 5 weeks - but that was how long it took for my daughter to have a strong enough latch to not use it anymore.

Iona - posted on 04/02/2010

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I used one with my daughter for about 4 months. The best thing for us to move away from it was to choose the times of day when she was most content, well rested, and not starving. Then, I'd try to latch her without it. If it didn't work, I didn't stress, just went back to using it. After a month or two of this, she would sometimes eat without it, sometimes not. And, then at about 4 months, she started to refuse to eat with it. And, we've been shield free ever since. The only suggestion the lactation folks I saw said was to be sure to use the thinnest shield possible. I am pretty sure we were using Ameda....but I can't quite remember now.

Dana - posted on 04/02/2010

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I used one for 2 months because my son was tounge tied and could not latch on properly. I decided to have his tounge cliped and since then we have not had to use a nipple shield.

Dana - posted on 04/02/2010

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thank you for your reply, so one can start not using them after several months with thm, thx alot

Jena - posted on 04/01/2010

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I had my son back in the beginning of October and he didn't really have a latch problem, just a very strong latch. Reluctantly the LC at the hospital gave me one before we went home, as I would usually be bleeding after each feeding. After a while I adjusted but he wouldn't always latch on correctly if I didn't use it. Finally on Christmas day I quit using it for good (yeah I used it for practically 3 months straight) he got used to latching on without it after a few days. My LC at the hospital didn't want to give one as they can be a problem when building up a milk supply because you don't get as much stimulation, but I never had that problem. He's still breastfeeding at six months with no long term issues. I never noticed if it made him gassier since I started using it when he was just a few days old.

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I don't have any personal experience with them, but my sister-in-law had to use them and the nurses at the hospital were kinda vague about how long to use them, so I asked my mom who is a board certified lactation consultant and she said that you should only use them for a few days or so until your nipples adjust and the baby can latch on correctly without them. Good Luck!

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I don't have any personal experience with them, but my sister-in-law had to use them and the nurses at the hospital were kinda vague about how long to use them, so I asked my mom who is a board certified lactation consultant and she said that you should only use them for a few days or so until your nipples adjust and the baby can latch on correctly without them. Good Luck!

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