Thanks for the reply!
I used the nipple shield while I bf'd my son for about 3 weeks after he was born. And it worked, however it was a pain in the you-know-what to have to get it out every time he wanted to eat, and at that point, he really had trouble even learning to latch on without it, because he was used to eating with it. I'm sure had I contacted a lactation consultant, I probably could've solved the problem, but I didn't think pumping and feeding would take so much out of me!
I also think it caused him to get less at a time, and therefore he'd take forever to eat. It wasn't unusual for him to be on the breast for 2 hours at a time, and then only have an hour or so inbetween, before he was hungry again. So, I think that may've been related to the shield.
I'm a big believer that breast milk is best for baby, so I'm willing to do just about anything it takes to get this baby breast milk this time around! If it comes down to it I'll pump, but I'm REALLY hoping these shells offer some assistance!