Looks like an awesome product! My son ended up latching on without a nipple shield about a day before this product shipped... but it is definitely a great idea!
Though I never got to the level 3 shield, I was using the level 2 shield about 50% of the time and my baby would always take the level 1. Suddenly one day, he just ditched the shields all together! I believe that the kit helped us get rid of the shield!
I loved the concept of this weaning kit and was so excited to give it a go! Unfortunately, it didn’t work well as I had hoped. The shields only come in one side (looked like 24mm), and I needed a 20 or 21mm shield. My baby would get frustrated because it was way too big for his mouth and he couldn’t latch well. I would absolutely try it again if it was made in a smaller size!
I was absolutely stunned. I couldn’t believe how well and how quickly this worked for me. I was started on a nipple shield by an overnight nurse who couldn’t help me get my baby latched right and didn’t have the time to deal with a sleep deprived first time mom who was crying that she was failing her baby. After that moment he would scream without the nipple shield. No ties, no nipple issues. I think it just let him being lazy with his latch. When I tried to wean him at two months I saw this product and passed it by, thinking that all the methods I’d read online would work. By 5 months I was willing to try anything to not have to fight with a nipple shield at every feeding. I was definitely skeptical. One day was all it took. He didn’t even use the middle one. After I got him to latch with the biggest one we didn’t go back to a regular shield. We went back and forth from the smallest to largest for about a day and that was it. He was back on the breast for the first time since his first day of life. The next two days he fussed on and off, especially with longer feedings, but e didn’t need a nipple shield or even the back to mom anymore. By a week it was like the nipple shield had never existed. My only regret is passing this up the first time I saw it. Well worth the money.
I was hopeful that this would be the key to weaning my baby onto bare breast but unfortunately this product didn’t work for us. My little one was 10 weeks old when we tried this product. She latched successfully a couple of times first thing in the morning which gave me great hope, however I did find it slightly painful as my nipple stretched through the opening. She quickly became extremely frustrated with it and refused it, and began refusing the regular shield as well. We are now pumping bottles and supplementing with formula. Looking back I believe a big part of why this product didn’t work for us was because of a shallow or improper latch to begin with. If I had known how to correct her latch early on I think this product could have worked for us. It’s a great concept, and was definitely worth a try.