Ethan and I are successfully nursing without the nipple guard! It is defiantly harder then with the guard but I know in the end we will both be happier. And I won't have to worry he is going to suffocate in the night because he falls asleep on it! We now have the challenge of learning how to latch on correctly therefor we have lots of pain involved. It's like starting all over! I sometimes wish we had never started using the guard in the first place but all we can do is go from here.
Wish us Luck!