Anyway, I went to a lactation consultant and she had me start using a nipple shield for 2 reasons, my daughter's mouth was very small and my breasts very large, and my nipples were flat. I also had to use a nursing supplementer for a bit to make sure she was getting the milk she needed because she was losing too much weight (used pumped breast milk in the supplementer which was good). We got her to stop using the supplementer many weeks ago, which is good, but now I can't get her to stop using the nipple shield.
I try and put my bare nipple in at first and she gets upset and cries and won't nurse unless I put on the shield. Sometimes I just put on the shield and wait until everything is flowing well and then try my bare nipple and she still cries and refuses to nurse until I put the shield back on. I'm worried that she's not getting enough and I really don't like the fact that there's a silicone barrier between us.
I'm happy that she's nursing and that she seems to be gaining weight and is happy, but really want to get her off the shield. I've posted this question on a Mama website I joined and so many of the people said things like "Just stop using it and she'll figure it out, even if she cries and cries. I did that with my baby and she cried and didn't eat for a couple days, but figured it out eventually." I just don't feel like that is feeding with love to starve them and make them upset.
Anyway, any advice would be appreciated. What I'm doing right now is just continuing to try every feeding and as soon as she gets upset, I put the shield back on. I hope eventually the persistence will pay off, but I'm wondering if anyone else has any other advice. Oh, and I am in touch with my local LLL now and they have told me my latch is good and to just keep doing what I've been doing. I guess I'm also just wanting to feel like I'm not alone. Has anyone else had an issue like this?