Question on breastfeeding

Rosemerry - posted on 08/09/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I need some advice!!! My son has a small mouth and was only able to latch to one breast before we left the hospital and before my milk came in so they sent me home a nipple shield which has worked great. But now that my milk has come in he doesn't want to latch onto anything except the nipple shield and is only suckling on one breast before he tires himself out, so I am left with one drained breast and one full one. Is it okay to continue using the nipple shield and can I start pumping?


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Ri - posted on 08/12/2009

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Keep using the nipple shield! If its working why let it go? I started pummping when my milked droped so I would say go for pump away!

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I gave you the wrong website! The "Latch Assist" is also something Lansinoh puts out I was thinking of something by Lansinoh that WalMart sells that's a cream that is a drawing salve. Sorry! But you might want to try that too!!

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I had a similar problem to this. I had to use a nipple shield also to get my baby girl to nurse whenever I had her. I used the nipple shield for a while, until I got tired of messing with it. She just wouldn't nurse unless I used it. So I started trying to wean her onto the breast. Once she would get started, and could get the nipple "pulled out" a little bit, she would start nursing directly on the nipple. So I was able to wean her over. But Lansinoh makes something that helps to draw out the nipple. So I think if you tried that maybe it would help. I think the size/feel of the nipple shield is what makes it so difficult for babies to switch to the breast, directly.. It's called "Lansinoh Latch Assit. It's a 'drawing salve' that helps babies want to latch. Check out http://www.lansinoh.com/products/latch-a... and Good Luck!!!

Heather - posted on 08/09/2009

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I used a nipple shield until my son was 6 months. My suggestion is to meet with a lactation consultant or get involved with Le Leche League for help and support.

Ashlye - posted on 08/09/2009

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i dnt think it would hurt, but i had the problem with my daughter only latching to one boob, my doctor told me to work with her only on that one and eventually when she is hungry enough she will get it, it took a few times but she got it really quick,

Brooke - posted on 08/09/2009

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If its working for him then I wouldn't stop unless you want him to stop breastfeeding. You could always try to let him start with it and then take it away that may also help. I would also maybe not let him nurse so long on the one side and switch more often so that you can feel better too. Hang in there it will get better. I would also keep pumping you never know when you might want to get a break from him and be able to go. It also is so much cheaper then formula if you decided to stop breastfeeding.

Mellissa - posted on 08/09/2009

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I breastfed 3 children successfully and I pumped the side that my child was not nursing on helps keep up your milk production also gives you milk in your freezer for when you go back to work if you are not a stay at home mom. If stay at home mom gives you extra supply just in case of a growth spurt you are unable to keep up. Or a HUGE plus is that you can feed them the breast milk after the 1 year mark if you decide to discontinue nursing after 1 year old.

Lyndsay - posted on 08/09/2009

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I didn't breastfeed because my son wouldn't latch on, but I did pump for a few weeks. Your baby is getting the same stuff, so why not? That way your breasts can be the same size again.

Marta - posted on 08/09/2009

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Definately! If you store up enough milk (you can freeze it in a deep freeze for up to a year) you and your hubby can get away for a nice romantic evening and you then don't have to worry about whether or not to have a drink or two. All you would have to do is express the milk for the next day and give him bottles of previously extracted milk. Pumping is also convenient for family outings so you're not stuck messing around with the nipple shield etc. and you definately don't have to feel guilty in any way! Make sure that you always switch sides the next time you nurse or else you'll start to loose volume. Good luck.

Cassie - posted on 08/09/2009

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My daughter is 9 months old and we still use the nipple shield. There is no harm in continued usage other than the annoyance of always having it and making sure it is clean. It works for us so we still use it. For when we are out in public or at families homes, we use a retainer container from the dentist to store the shield and keep it clean. Breast milk is so beneficial so if your son with nurse with the shield then go for it!! When he is a little older and a better nurser, you can try to wean from the shield if you want.



I would def. pump the second breast. It will relieve the pain and fullness and will also give you milk to store in case you wanted or needed to give a bottle of breastmilk eventually. I would suggest allowing him to drain one breast before moving on to the other so that he is able to get the hind milk found at the end of the feeding. It is the most fatty of your milk and is a huge benefit to him. Eventually, as he grows, he will probably be able to handle eating off of both sides. Good luck!! :)

Latisha - posted on 08/09/2009

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Some mothers use the nipple shield until they stop breastfeeding, it wont hurt.

Pumping is a good idea. I pumped when my son was 3 days old cause he would only take one breast at first. I just kept working with him trying to get him to take the other one and he finally did.It takes them time after all they are just learning as well. Try starting on his favorite side with the shield for about 5 minutes then try the other side, and see how he responds. It's going to be tough but hang in there it will get easier.

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