i would personally just wait then until you don't need it at all otherwise i'd think you'd have more problems. that is what i'd do. i never did use a sheild though. i thought about it because i was pretty flat nippled too from being so engorged that first week or two. so it does get better. one of mine never did get as tall as the other. do whatever is going to get you there to the point where your goal is though. if that means you use sheilds for a year so be it if that's what is makes it easist for you. there is no right or wrong way to nurse. i always caught grief bc i would nurse laying down on the bed topless. that's what worked best for me and lo though. she just self weined at 15 months,. so obviously it worked for us. the lactasion consulant told me that if you have to use shields oakay but she didn't advise it that is unless that's is the only way we could nurse and to use it for as short of a time as possible. i would advise though that if you keep using the shield make sure to keep plenty on hand. i hear it really sucks if you need to nurse at 2am and you can't find/lost your shield. g luck to you whatever you decide. just keep up at it bc trust me it may not seem easy now but it will become just like breathing later.
my daughter used it for 3 monthds than i got her off the breast shield and sucessfully breastfed with out we just tried once ot twice a day to latch without it tell she got the hang of it
It took us six weeks for her to latch!!! I was literally leaning over to get the shield and she decided to latch on her own. Be patient, it can take a while, but after she did finally latch, I didn't need them ever again! ;)
i would wait a little longer. Im a first time mom too, and i also had flat nipples. breastfed my baby girl for a week with pain, peeling, cracked and bleeding nipples, and then tried a nipple shield, which helped A LOT! i used it for about a month and while at the mall one time i forgot to bring it with me and when it was time to feed her i braced myself for the pain but there was none and she latched on without a problem. i tried 3 more times that day and although i was tender, it was tolerable and my nipples were out the whole time. it took a couple of weeks but my nipples stopped being so sensitive and got used to a direct latch. my little one switched without a problem and didnt even notice a difference, shes just happy that milk is coming out. now shes 3 months old and breastfeeding like a champ and i can pull my nipples out pretty damn far now lol. dont give up, wait till shes about a month old cus she should have the hang of feeding by then and try it one feeding at a time, adding another feeding every couple of days until shes latching directly 100% of the time. just watch out for choking on milk when switching cus a nipple shield controls your flow and when they go direct it comes out faster than theyre used to.
i was also going to tell yal about the Lansinoh - LatchAssist Breastfeeding Aide. it helped my flat nipples draw out to were she really could latch easier. i decided to try it before the shields to see if it would work and it did, like a charm. it's easy to use, fast, and not painful at all. it kinda like gets a good latch already set up for baby with the nipple shape. really helped me when i was engorged.
I used a nipple shield until my LO was 4 months. Mostly, it's a personal thing. If she's getting enough to eat and you don't mind the extra couple of minutes it takes to wash the shield (I had four or five of them lying around the house in case I lost one or needed a clean one asap), then there really is no harm in using it until she's ready to wean herself off of it. I thought for sure that mine was going to use it forever and then it was like magic. Around month 4 she got frustrated one day waiting for me to get the shield on and just latched herself right on and we've been shield free ever since.
My advice is to not sweat it. There are plenty of other things about mommyhood that are going to freak you out. This really shouldn't be one of them. As long as she's fed, what's the harm? And you'll know she's getting enough based on how many wet diapers she gives you. There are people who say that your supply will go down with a shield, but I never experienced that. I will say though, that with a shield, it did take my baby twice as long to feed. She'd go fifteen to twenty minutes whereas a no shield baby would do it in five or ten. So, you know, you have to have some patience there.
But ultimately, a healthy baby is what you want, and if a shield is what it takes to breast feed, then, imho, it's a small tiny price to pay.