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Hi! Our new baby boy joined our family July 10th. It is very important to us to continue breastfeeding but it has been a struggle so far. Ds has a recessed chin and a bit of an overbite, which along with large nipples make latching correctly impossible until he gets bigger. Right now we are using a nipple shield for feedings, and we no longer have to supplement with pumped milk, but he is not gaining weight like he should. I wonder if he is getting too much fore milk and not enough hind milk. What experiences/advice do others have regarding the use of nipple shields, when I should start weaning him from it, and tips for making a successful transition. Thank you for your help!! 🙂
Hi Lynsey, congratulations on your new baby! First I’d of course recommend getting help from a lactation consultant, as well as your doctor, especially if you have concerns about his weight gain. As far as foremilk/hindmilk, I’d suggest allowing baby to nurse as much as he wants on one side, then offer the other as “dessert.” I’ve read studies about how the composition of milk changes over the course of a feed, and as long as you’re not interrupting him while he is nursing, there shouldn’t be a problem.
I’ve not used nipple shields, but KellyMom has great information on them, including tips on weaning from a shield.
Have you used a shield? Any tips for Lynsey?