weaning from nipple shield

Crystal - posted on 08/27/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My baby will be 4 no. Old tomorrow. I had a hard time breastfeeding right after my baby was born because I have "inverted" nipples. After my lactation consultant gave me a shield I had NO problems what so ever. She is doing great! However I find it to be more of a Hassel having to have one ALL the time not to mention when I need to breastfeed in public its just that much more difficult! So frustrating!... Im trying to wean her off the shield. This week u have started to get her feeding with the shield then quickly removing the shield once my nipple comes out further and she closes her mouth and shuffles her head from side to side and when I can get her to open her mouth she will start gaging. Its so discouraging. I just pur the shield back on and let her finish. Someone help!

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Hpatton323 - posted on 08/27/2013

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I had to use it too, and I remember what a pain it was! What I did was every time I breasted I started her on my nipple a d I just kept trying over and over. Eventually she didn't need it and stopped fighting it. Remember to stay relaxed.

Rachelle - posted on 08/27/2013

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I used a shield for the first three or four months. I tried desperately to get him off it for a while then just relaxed about it. I got him to try when he was relaxed and not desperately hungry. When we were in the bath was a good time. Around the four month mark he just grew out of it and ditched it. Then a few months later when I tried to use it after he bit me he wouldn't have a bar of it! We are just starting to wean onto cows milk now he's almost one. Best advice I can give is just relax about it she's probably picking up on your anxiety and it may be making it harder for her. Hope all oes well!

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