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11/04/2013 at 11:44
I'm really sore on one side so thinking of getting some to use just on that side as i'm dreading feeding on that side.
Any recommendations? Are there any downsides to consider? She has a tongue-tie which we're getting sorted, so hoping this will be an interim solution
11/04/2013 at 11:56
We were told in the hospital to use the Medela ones. Hope they help!
11/04/2013 at 12:51
Spikeygoodness is a good person to talk to as she used them with J, might be worth a shout for her?
I did use them on and off whilst waiting for our tie to be snipped, but was never that successful with them.
11/04/2013 at 14:09
Yep, we used shields for the first 12 weeks, as J had posterior tt and wouldn't latch at first. After the tt was snipped at 6 weeks and he fed shield free, because neither of us really know what we were doing with breastfeeding I wound up getting pretty sore, went back to the shields temporarily to give my nipples a break, and then he decided shields were easier and wouldn't latch without them again for a further 6 weeks. Grr. I kept trying to relatch him without them, and then one day he just got it, and we were away. (Not without me getting sore and bleeding again, but I was determined to get through it that time, and after 2 weeks everything was fine, we're still feeding now and he's 10 months tomorrow.)
We tried medela shields and Avent ones. Avent were enormous, much bigger than most people's nipple I'm sure! When J was having a particularly bad latch day we used those as he generally latched onto them easier than the medela ones, I think he needed all the excess teat in his mouth to stimulate his suck reflex. Medela were better, they come in 3 sizes so you can match them to the size of your nipples- we had some in both small and med, and used both. They also stick better than the Avent ones as they have a bigger contact area round the nipple, but with a cut out bit where the baby's mouth is supposed to go. Another advantage of the medela ones is that they come with a case that you can sterilise, so you can take them out and about.
Pros and cons- the huge pro for me was that J would (normally) actually latch using them. (Though he was just a little tinker with feeding and sometimes just screamed instead of feeding.) If we hasn't switched to using shields I don't think we'd have made it past the first week. I also found them really helpful when I was bleeding, they didn't make feeding completely comfortable - shields seem to concentrate the suck all onto the nipple rather than taking a mouthful of breast and nipple combined, so when you're sore anyway that's still fairly uncomfortable, but I found it better than shield free feeding, especially if the latch is a bit rubbish without and you wind up taking baby on and off and doing further damage. Generally with shields I only needed to latch once, and that was better.
Cons- they're rumoured to affect milk supply. I don't think they did for me, J got enough milk to maintain his centile curve despite being the world's most vomity baby and losing half of every feed. (He made up for it by feeding every 90 mins.) I was v paranoid about it though, and had him weighed weekly until I was feeding shield free. The other major con for me was that J got used to them, preferred feeding with them, and it took 6 weeks to get him weaned off them after the tt was snipped. This was an issue primarily due to my paranoia about milk supply, but also because feeding with shields is a bit of an *** compared to feeding without- its harder to do discretely in public, you need to sterilise them before each feed which negates the quick and easy nature of boob, and you need to remember to take them with you everywhere you go.
I think in your situation you might as well give them a go, it's a short term thing so you shouldn't have issues with milk supply, you can feed off the other boob whilst out and about to make it more discreet, and hopefully if A's getting half her feeds direct from shield-free boob you shouldn't have any issues with her getting overly addicted. They're not hugely expensive, so if they don't work for you it's not a big deal.
Sorry that turned into a bit of an essay! Good luck, I hope the soreness eases for you, and that you get the tt snipped soon and are able to feed pain free.
11/04/2013 at 15:27
That's great, thanks so much spikeygoodness! H went out and bought some medela ones and she's on now with considerably less pain to me, so fingers crossed it'll help. Its only the one side so hoping she won't get too confused. This is the first time in days i'm feeling more positive about feeding :)
11/04/2013 at 16:44
I had very similar experience with them as spikey goodness x
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