Pros: really helps get that baby latched on.
Cons: only for temparary use and may decrease milk supply.
Today my son had a check up...He weighed 9lbs 15 oz. (he weighed 8lbs 5oz when we left the hospital) I have not seen any signs of milk reduction and I have proof that my son is gaining right, so... :)
I tried hard to nurse my firstborn. I ended up feeling horrible and discouraged because he would not latch on. I found out that I had inverted nipples and even with the help from nurses and such I found that breastfeeding was impossible. I used breast cup things that were to bring the nipple out but they did not help at all. I ended up pumping my milk into bottles and feeding him that way since in my opinion breast milk is the best. It was sure a pain in the butt however!
Well, I just had my second baby and I was determined to nurse him. Again, after the first day, I had a frustrated baby and blood blistered nipples. I tried to pump but I had purchased a crappy pump (which I intend to write a review on). I ended up having a breakdown in the hospital bathroom. What a way to start my first days with the little one eh? Well, I said ?to heck with this!? and I decided that I was going to ask the nurses about formula but my husband was like, no, wait and see if they can help. I told him that it was highly doubtful since my first experiences with nurses that thought they knew everything was crappy.
To my surprise, the nurse who came in was a huge help. She suggested tea bags for my sore nipples and a medela breast shield to pull out my nipples (which helped!) She also gave me something I have never seen before?a nipple shield. What the shield does is provides the infant with difficulty latching on a way to latch on. The shield is made of plastic and fits on your nipples. The baby then takes the shield in his/her mouth and draws out the milk. My sore nipples disappeared with in a few days and my milk came down normally. The nurse did not tell me anything about decreasing my milk supply or trying to get the baby back on my bare nipple. However, after reading the sheet that came with the product I am somewhat worried about the whole deal. My son is getting enough milk I am sure because he has a poopy/wet diaper at every feeding. I have only been using this product for a week now however. I will monitor him very closely.
When to use the Shield:
If you have flat or inverted nipples:
I have inverted nipples, which makes it super hard for him to latch on, if at all. What the shield does is gives the baby something bigger for him to latch on to and it helps draw the nipple out. You are to try to get the baby to take your nipple however instead of the plastic shield.
If the baby has Latch on difficulties:
Sometimes babies are slow to learn how to latch on. The shield should be used temporary until the baby learns how to latch on properly. The shield is made of silicone that has a minimum odor and taste so it is to be easier for the little one to make the transition back to the breast.
If your milk comes out to fast and your baby chokes you can use the shield to slow down the flow of the milk. When the baby matures and becomes more coordinated (and control his swallowing and such.) The nipple shield should be temporary.
My thoughts and recommendations:
Well, this product has been a lifesaver for me! Without it I wouldn?t have been able to breastfeed. I really wish I had known about it with my first son. I defiantly recommend it for inverted and sore nipples. The product indorses that it is just for temporary use but I can see how it?s very addicting. I am going to eventually wean him back to the bare breast but it is just so easy (and painless) this way. I am worried about the milk decreasing but I have not seen any signs of it. It warns that the baby using this product should have weekly weight checks. I guess I need to say that you should keep it clean so that your baby will not get thrush or sick from bacteria. If you use this product, try hard to switch back after the problem is solved.
Remember that this product is for temporary use!
Thanks for reading and rating. Comments are welcome.