Quoting Justine's Mama:" <blockquote><b>Quoting EpicThunderCat!:</b>" If worse comes to worse you can always ... [snip!] ... gave me nipple shields I didn't understand the use of them. Do they protect you or something so she is on the proper way ?"
Nipple shields are kinda a worse case scenario/pre-bottle thing. If it is so painful for you that your supply is starting to struggle, don't hesitate, use it.
It is better for you to keep your supply up and work on latching at the same time.
Nipple shields are great.
My son had latching issues and I used one for a couple months. I just made sure to try and latch him right before every feeding consistently and he got it down. Also, make sure not to use bottles. If you need to supplement syringe feeding is fine though(that is what my hospital recommended).
What you can do with the shield though is pump until you feel your let down so she knows there is milk there and then place the nipple shield over your nipple and then latch her to that. It should stick right on and let your nips heal while you keep trying to latch her. Def go see an LC though as well because the sooner you get that latch worked out the easier breastfeeding will be. The beginning is the hardest because you both are learning but it gets much easier mama. I think my son has mild tongue tie which is why it took him so long to latch but we got it down. Sometimes it just takes a while. The first 6-8 weeks are usually the hardest.