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?
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23-12-2011 07:50 #1
Weaning off nipple shields to bare breast?
24-12-2011 08:24 #2Still Eli's mum :)
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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
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24-12-2011 08:58 #3
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.
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25-12-2011 17:35 #4
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?
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24-03-2012 20:48 #6
24-03-2012 21:01 #7
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.
24-03-2012 21:04 #8
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!
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24-03-2012 21:07 #9Senior Member
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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
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28-03-2012 10:38 #10
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
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