I fed both my older children using nipple shields. DD1 fed for six months, with the last few weeks of intense refusal and reflux leading to weaning. DS was my booby boy and fed (with shields) for over a year.
DD2 (nine weeks) has been a dream to fed so far, we've made it through the initial engorgement and like my other two after the first week we've been using nipple shields to feed. The hospital LC who I saw with all my babies recommended them due to flat and oddly shaped nipples, which combined with large breast and oversupply made it impossible for my babies to attach. But in the last week DD has decided that she doesn't lie the shield
Now my question. She has been attaching and feeding well (second day with no shields at all) but the first few feeds I think attachment was not great. I think the direct contact stimulated my supply (lots of leaking feeling full between feeds again) and I've had some pain in one nipple. Similar to those first few days, sharp pain for about ten seconds then all okay. Today after my shower I noticed a small crack, which is obviously what's caused the pain. My question, is this like the beginning, my nipples getting used to the baby sucking or a problem? When she comes off, the nipple looks good, longer, round and not squashed. There are no grazes and the other side is fine. Was it those first few feeds (only a few days ago) that weren't great that did some damage and it will get better? Also, pain is not getting worse.
Hope I've explained it okay. I was very happy to keep using shields, but it was obviously frustrating DD she swiped it away and latched straight on! I must admit that it's easier to feed without them in public and I also staying a lot drier!