Annette - posted on 05/11/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
I had to go back to school when my baby was 3 weeks old and after a bottle he would pull off and not latch on as well and my lactation consultant gave me a nipple shield to use and said to use it as long as I need to. Now my baby is almost 3 months and I am starting to feel like I'm not really nursing in a strange way, as if I am not getting the full breastfeeding experience and I am also tired of using it. I tried to nurse without it but my nipples got really sore after one day, not to mention he tried to pull off several times. Then a week ago, even with the shield some feedings started to hurt my nipples. Now I am afraid to try without the shield again. Does using one cause him to latch on differently? Any suggestions on how I can wean him off the shield?