|It's really really hard to tell, but you can't see the tip of Bug's tongue, he could barely lift it.|
|These are the Medela ones that I used.|
The lactation consultant gave me some in the hospital as without them, my Bambinos would not have been able to breastfeed and I KNEW I wanted to breastfeed them. I partially credit the nipple shields for breastfeeding the Bambinos as long as I did (9 months exclusively and would have kept going had it not been for medical reasons.)
I never dealt with dry, cracked nipples, if the Bambinos tried to bite down, the nipple shield helped protect me from their gummy bites - luckily they were late bloomers in the teeth department too. I always hear horror stories about how difficult breastfeeding is and how some breastfed babies wouldn't take bottles because artificial nipples were too different. My kids always had artificial nipples in a way so I never had to deal with any of those issues.
|Why yes, I did nurse in the backseat of the car...too many times.|
I won't tell you about the time I forgot one of the nipple shields at home.