Weaning baby off nipple shields in Breastfeeding

Posted by Anonymous on - 1 reply

Hello, I was wondering if you could help me. My baby girl is 18 days old. At the hospital I had her badly latching on and in the end had to express milk, which lead into her getting used to the 'easy' way of feeding through the bottle. Now she only wants to be fed via nipple shields and is not much keen on my breast (as it is a hard work) and I don't think she feeds enough as she manages to settle on me, fall asleep but then when I am trying to transfer her, she would wake up within 30 to 60 mins and would be hungry again. Would you have any advice on how to manage to to persuade my stubborn baby to latch on naturally to my breast so we can have happier baby and even manage to get out to some classes one day?? :-) Many thanks!!

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Nov 14, 2016 15:09 PM

It sounds like you have lots going on for you and your baby. The great news is that your baby is still going to the breast, albeit with nipple shields. Shields have their pro’s and their con’s. They can be really helpful in getting a baby to the breast who may have become more familiar with bottles than the breast initially. On the downside babies can then find it hard to switch from a large firm stimulus in their mouth to normal nipple tissue. With the support of an experienced Certified Lactation Consultant you could work through some strategies to help your baby to come off the shields.

When feeding with the shields using a strategy such as breast compressions can be a helpful way to help a baby get more milk. You can find more information about these on Jack Newman’s website.

It is entirely normal for a baby to wake up when they are transferred from their parents’ chest to their bed. This is their natural survival instinct! I wonder if your baby is fully asleep before being transferred? Looking for signs of deep sleep, such as floppy arms and legs, before moving a baby can help ensure that they will stay asleep and help have longer gaps between feeds.

I hope that there are some helpful pointers here for you.

Sharon George IBCLC