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    I was given a nipple shield by the 3rd day as my nipples were cut. It was the best thing. She latched on to both breast and shield no problem. Your nipples toughen up and BF becomes so much easier so don't worry about it you won't be using them for long .

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    Sorry can I be ignorant and ask what the problem with using a nipple shield is? I hear you ladies describing BF & the problems your having & not sure if I understand. Also what brand as you using? Is this something I should go out and purchase?

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    The visiting midwife gave me a nipple shield when she saw my nipples (I think Patrick was about 3 days old)... I had never heard of them, but it was fantastic. Just gave my sore nipples a bit of a break and a chance to heal while they toughened up... I'm not sure why you might feel bad about using it...is it just because it's not 'natural'? Don't beat yourself up, breast feeding is tough, do what you need to do to make it work for you (if that is what you want), and don't feel guilt about switching yo formula if you end up choosing that direction...

    Lindsay - I think mine is Avent brand (I don't have the packet anymore). I wouldn't worry about getting one until you need it (unless they are cheap and you feel better to have one on hand)...

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    I agree with Pilbara, breast feeding is hard enough, who cares if you use a nipple shield. Be happy that you are able and producing food for your beautiful bubbas, not all of us have that ability or option.

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    The problem for me isn't sore nipples, it's that he just won't latch onto my nipple. The shield worked a treat but the midwives were reluctant to give them to me. Apparently they can make your supply less and make the baby more windy? Or something like that! Plus he may become reliant on it and never want my nipple which I guess is ideally what I would like him to have. The lactation consultants are against using them long term but after reading about them on the ABA it sounds like the ones that are around these days are a lot better than what they were years ago. Anyways I have to do what works for now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheekynumum View Post
    I agree with Pilbara, breast feeding is hard enough, who cares if you use a nipple shield. Be happy that you are able and producing food for your beautiful bubbas, not all of us have that ability or option.
    Totally agree. I do remind myself that when I feel frustrated...

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    Just wanted to drop in and say hi and that I enjoy reading along to see what I am in for. I'm from the April / May / June thread and due in 10 weeks. Your bubs are just gorgeous and all the best to any of you who are waiting patiently to meet your bubba.

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    Thanks ABH that's sweet of you. Enjoy the next 10 weeks, it will go fast.

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    Hoots glad to hear you did that. I have been thinking about it but wasn't sure if I should or not. Our clinic is in the building next door to where I will deliver so thought if I felt up to it I could pop in on the day we leave

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    We have had the tongue tie snipped now, but bub has not been able to suck, so as a result I have very little milk - it just never got the cue to come in properly. We didn't have a choice about formula because of that, it was the only way he was going to get fed. I am sad that's the way we had to go and so quickly, but glad that in this modern world the option is there. (Imagine if I'd had to go hunt out a wet nurse.) I'm seeing a lactation consultant and hoping that in a few weeks things will be settled down and we'll be able to breastfeed most of the time.


    I did try nipple shields when the damage was worst but due to his latch it still hurt, so I didn't use them much, there wasn't much point! If the pain had been bearable and they'd stopped further damage I might have used them more. I believe they are used more regularly by people who have inverted nipples or other problems that make it hard for the baby to get a good grip.


 

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