Hi everyone. My baby is 21 days old. She will not feed for any length of time without a nipple shield. We also have to top her up, with Expressed Breast Milk (if there is any) and SMA. I am keen to get rid of the nipple shields and hopefully the SMA. However baby is a lazy feeder and falls asleep through feeding. She lost a lot of weight to start with because she slept for the first few days. She was also not keen to feed as soon when she was born. I wonder if anyone has advice to wean off the nipple shields. All the midwives etc. say she will get the hang of BF as she gets bigger. I've tried starting off with the pump and often try her without the shield first and have tried removing it half way through but nothing works. I feel that the whole feeding thing would be much easier if we didn't have to use bottles, shields & sterilisers all the time. And each feed takes 1 1/2-2 hours.