Re: Need Tips for Positioning
Welcome, mama, and congrats on the new baby and in successfully nursing 2 kids! Awesome!
I think the answer to your first question is to give it some more time. It's tricky dealing with the combination of OALD, large breasts, a shield, and a newborn. There's so much to position! I think you basically have to wait until your supply is more in sync with your baby's needs and your baby grows up a bit- when the OALD lets up and the baby is stronger and can position himself better, it's all going to get a lot easier. The only thing that I can think of that might help you right now is a well-stuffed diaper bag. Put a few extra receiving blankets in there and use it as an on-the-go nursing pillow. It might help you position yourself better in a booth at a restaurant or on the floor of the grocery store, or wherever you end up.
Regarding the shield, what you describe sounds normal. Most babies feed faster without the shield than with one, since the shield can slow milk flow. That may be why your baby wanted the shield at the end of the feeding: he still wanted to suck but without the shield to slow down the flow, he was getting flooded with milk. This link talks about shields and how to wean from them: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...an-shield.html
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