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Frustrated using a nipple shield
July 6, 2009 at 10:21 PM

I always knew I wanted to breastfeed, but unfortunately I have flat nipples and when I was at the hospital, the lactation specialists said I had to use nipple shields. I guess I should be happy that I'm able to breastfeed using the shield, but it gets so frustrating. The shield constantly gets kicked off by my 2 month old, and when I have my let down, the shield gets filled up and then starts to overflow. I constantly have to reattach the shield, clean up the mess and somehow soothe my crying baby. I almost think it would be easier to pump and feed him.


  • gdiamante
    July 7, 2009 at 12:59 AM

    You were mislead. I too have pancake flat nipples and NEVER used a shield. Not once.

    You don't need a nipple shield. You DO need breast shells. Where them when not nursing to draw out the nipples. You can also pump a little before latching to draw out the nipple.

    Learn the booby sandwich, too...hold the breast in a c-hold and squeeze the breast tissue so the nipple stands out, then latch baby. Expect to latch/relatch a lot...that's OK.

    Your LC did you an ENORMOUS disservice if you weren't given any of these tools.

  • LMartin08
    July 7, 2009 at 1:06 AM

    ugh i hate the bloody things too. i used them when my son was about a month old. my nipples were killing me and causing us issues. i will never ever do that again. i always had to put them back on because he would squirm or unlatch and pull them off. and owie. i even tried that lanisoh nipple ointment to help them "stick" (it was recommended by the package the shield came in) and bigger ow..  my let down would also overflow and my son would choke trying to empty the darn shield

    i will not, under any circumstance, use them again. id rather duct tape an electric pump to my boob and leave it on 24/7 LOL

  • mmccoy
    by mmccoy
    July 7, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Does your baby latch correctly? If so try it without it. I have one flat nipple and my son would not latch right, he would always suck in his lower lip. Once he was 8 weeks, I decided to try it w/o it because I was frusterated too. He was on the boob all day long because he could not get enough milk with the shield on. I tried it w/o the shield he latched right on and I never looked back. He was a lot happier too since he could get more milk. He is a 5 minute nurser now and we are almost at our year mark!!!

    Oh and my flat nipple (I call it my contact nipple cause it looked like a contact lens) is no longer flat. He has worked it to where it is almost as big as my other one. Hang in there, it gets better, I promise.

  • bensmum25
    October 31, 2009 at 2:03 AM

    I was given a shield when my baby  was born, I have flat nipples to, and I hated was the most awful thing ever. Then when he was 7 weeks old I read the instructions that came with it....and it said to put the shield on for 30 seconds, so baby can draw out your nipple, and then take it off and latch baby on, and it worked. I did that twice and my son never wanted to use the shield again. The one time I cried he screamed till I took it off. I was so glad to be rid of the thing, I threw it in the garbages soon as I ld.

  • catholicmamamia
    October 31, 2009 at 2:37 AM

    Ugh.. I seriously detest nipple shields. These ultimately do more harm than good. Keep this thought in mind: "I do not nipplefeed, I breastfeed." I am sorry the "lactation specialist" at your hospital gave you bad advice. Check out this link: 

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