I had my baby almost two weeks ago, she was born 3.5 weeks early and didn't show any interest in eating for the first few hours of life, in addition I had a difficult time getting her to latch properly. No big surprise, I couldn't get my oldest to latch when I had her either, and I ended up using a nipple shield the duration that I had BF her. This time though, I am hopeful that I can wean off the nipple shield and have her solely at my breast. Since getting my baby home she has started rooting and showing that she's interested in eating, and doing so every 2-3 hours (yay!). I've been attempting to put her to the breast everyday as suggested by a LC at the hospital to eventually wean her off.
So far she's doing alright with it.. I can get her to latch, but then it seems uncomfortable to her and he breaks the latch, and has to keep re-latching. My question is this: How long should I allow her to keep doing this before taking her off, and having her latch and eat with the shield? We generally try at the breast when it's a very calm moment, and she isn't too hungry. Should I just let her try for a few moments? Is there anything I can do to encourage her to stay latched, or is it possible that she's still just too small to get a good mouthful?
Thanks in advance!