+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    524
    Thanks
    122
    Thanked
    83
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts

    Default Weaning off nipple shields to bare breast?

    Hi,

    Any tips? DD is just over two weeks and nipple shields saved us. Especially once my milk came in and my already flat nipples were very un-latchable.

    Now that things have calmed down I'd like to get her off them. So far I've been waiting till half way thru the feed and then giving her my bare skin after mounding up my aereola. She has trouble latching and then staying on for long when she does. Any suggestions?

    TIA

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Canberra
    Posts
    472
    Thanks
    229
    Thanked
    137
    Reviews
    1
    **Bumping** for you Congrats on your little girl!!

    No personal experience here, but this will take time. Breastfeeding is something that you both have to 'learn' to do together. Think of it as learning to dance . Keep at it and eventually you'll both figure out how to get the right attachment hopefully!

    Hopefully someone here as some personal experience they can share with you? Otherwise, you can call the ABA (1800 mum2mum) anytime for advice.

    You're doing great! Congrats again

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to MilkiCuddles For This Useful Post:

    Windupbird  (25-12-2011)

  4. #3
    bellalika's Avatar
    bellalika is offline I'm trying my hardest, please don't ask for more.
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Vic
    Posts
    4,491
    Thanks
    175
    Thanked
    717
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    You can buy a special tiny pump that gets your nipple "up" so that she can latch on straight away.

    I did the same as you and took the shield off halfway through. I just kept taking it off earlier and earlier. Make sure you squirt a but of milk out before you start of bare as she'll be more inclined to attach. That's what worked for me anyway.

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to bellalika For This Useful Post:

    Windupbird  (25-12-2011)

  6. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    524
    Thanks
    122
    Thanked
    83
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Thanks Mumtoeli and Bellalika!

    I'll try squirting out a few drops at the beginning. It's going well in that after 5-6 days she is refusing the nipple shield as she prefers the bare breast. Poor thing though - she can't quite manage to stay on my G-cup booby so I have to keep it mounded with my hand or she falls off.

    Anyone have luck with the vacuum gadget?

    Thanks again

  7. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Home, where my life lies waiting, silently, for me.
    Posts
    8,990
    Thanks
    3,308
    Thanked
    1,659
    Reviews
    11
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    will reply from computer

  8. The Following User Says Thank You to trishalishous For This Useful Post:

    Windupbird  (26-12-2011)

  9. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Ballarat
    Posts
    996
    Thanks
    471
    Thanked
    191
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Just subscribing

  10. #7
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    271
    Thanks
    110
    Thanked
    31
    Reviews
    4
    Hi My DS is 6 weeks and I have just started getting him off the nipple shield. I also started off taking them off half way through a feed and squirting a few drops of milk out. I can confidently go out now without taking the nipple shield with me knowing I will be able to successfully feed him. I started weaning him off them when he was about 4 weeks and just took my time with it. I haven't used the vacuum gadget.
    A friend of mine has quite large breasts and uses the football/underarm hold and a pillow to feed her baby as she finds he can latch on well with this hold.

  11. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Pakenham
    Posts
    15
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    1
    Reviews
    0
    I am still feeding my DD with a shield at 4 months as I had no luck when trying without. Every midwife and health nurse said I wouldn't get as good milk supply with the shield but I have always had HEAPS of milk. I would've liked to have fed my DD without the shield but after trying and trying I just decided that as long as she's getting all she needs then that's the most important thing...
    Good luck to you though!

  12. The Following User Says Thank You to CourtneyD1990 For This Useful Post:

    CharlieBug  (18-04-2012)

  13. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    444
    Thanks
    84
    Thanked
    60
    Reviews
    0
    Shields are a lot better these days and so don't have such a great impact on dwindling milk supplies as they used to. I used one for a month or so. I would take it off after starting a feed for a while so DS could still latch to the protruding nipple (iykwim?) you need to do this at every feed to finally get off. Slightly painful but will get better. Gl


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  14. The Following User Says Thank You to smootch For This Useful Post:

    Windupbird  (28-03-2012)

  15. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    524
    Thanks
    122
    Thanked
    83
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    Just wanted to pop back by to say that things went really well, by 4 weeks she was completely off the shields and we have never looked back. I'll definitely have a pair on hand when we have another one. They really saved us, I had plenty of milk and DD was able to latch herself when she was a bit bigger.

    Good luck to everyone

  16. The Following User Says Thank You to Windupbird For This Useful Post:

    sjay  (18-06-2013)


 

Similar Threads

  1. Abrupt weaning from the breast
    By threechooks in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-08-2012, 07:43
  2. Weaning from breast to bottle... Help please
    By CuddlesAwait in forum Bottlefeeding Support
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-06-2012, 13:56

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
BAE The Label
Versatile, premium maternity wear that you will love throughout pregnancy and long after. Cleverly designed for for all stages of motherhood so that you can 'Just be you (+1)'.
sales & new stuffsee all
Pea Pods
Buy 2 Award Winning Pea Pods Reusable One Size Nappies for only $38 (in your choice of colours) and receive a FREE roll of Bamboo Liners. Don't miss out, we don't usually have discounts on the nappies, so grab this special offer!
Special Offer! Save $12
featured supporter
ProSwim
ProSwim Rostrevor runs learn to swim classes for children and adults. Lessons are run during the Summer months (Oct-Mar). Our indoor centre at Plympton Park has lessons all year round, including school holidays.
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!