I met with the only LC in our town today as I'd like to wean off the nipple shield. It's not anatomically necessary and LO is 5 weeks old today. Problem is he screams bloody murder without it. The LC got him to latch without it for about 5 min but when I got home we went a half hour with no latch and total scream fest. She has me feeding him through a syringe next to my breast to retrain him.
The LC said she thinks if I can't get him latching, it would be better to pump than use the shield. I've had mastitis and thrush, and she said I'm much more prone to get both again using the shield. Is this something most LCs would say, or should I get a second opinion? I'd like to do a mixture of BF and pumping, but both LO and I may go crazy trying to get off this shield.