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When breastfeeding creates trauma and frustration for baby, creating a positive atmosphere at the breast is crucial to preserve a long lasting and successful breastfeeding relationship. If baby associates breastfeeding with struggle, pain, fatigue and/or anger you risk turning baby off to the whole experience. A nipple shield can be a protective measure here.

When breastfeeding creates trauma and frustration for baby, creating a positive atmosphere at the breast is crucial to preserve a long lasting and successful breastfeeding relationship. If baby associates breastfeeding with struggle, pain, fatigue and/or anger you risk turning baby off to the whole experience. A nipple shield can be a protective measure here.

Breastfeeding With A Nipple Shield - Verywell

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    Allow the baby to latch onto the nipple shield. Once properly latched in place, the next step is to check the infant’s “latch” to the breastfeeding shield. Your infant’s mouth should not be close to the edge of the nipple but should be taking in as much of the breastfeeding nipple shield as possible. This will ensure that your infant will be able to suck as much breast milk as he can.
    • The infant will stop feeding on his own when there is no more breast milk or when he is full.
  • Nipple shields | Australian Breastfeeding Association

    It can vary. Each mother-baby pair is unique. What applies to childbirth applies to breastfeeding – judicious use of intervention may be necessary and life saving if done appropriately. Nipple shields are just another tool out there, and in my experience they should be a short-term solution and used under the guidance of an experienced IBCLC or lactation consultant. There are real reasons to use one that may save a mom from having to turn to unwanted bottles and formula and may in fact help to preserve and support a long term breastfeeding relationship. Used wisely they can be a very useful tool.

    You know the series you are doing about things that make breastfeeding moms feel bad? Well, this feeds right into that one for me. I nursed my son for 16 months with a nipple shield. It did not hurt my supply, it did not hurt his growth. I understand that they are readily given out without proper education. In fact, the first shield I was given was too small for my breasts and my son did have trouble nursing. However, once I got the right size, we went forward. I would have loved to had nursed without a shield, but I couldn’t, and I had a personal IBCLC that I paid to come visit us and watch for proper latch, my nipples would not protrude long enough for him to latch. So, please, please, please, if we are about supporting Moms, please stop demonizing the nipple shield, it saved my breastfeeding relationship with my son and next baby I’ll do it again!