Re: Never fully satisfied baby and saggy breasts!
Congratulations on weaning your baby from the shield! That's great!
Regarding feeding frequency, 1.5 hours between feedings sounds totally normal to me. Breastmilk digests fast- in about 90 minutes if I recall correctly. I know there are a lot of people who assert that all babies "should" be going 3 hours between feedings, but IMHO this is bad advice. There are some breastfed babies who will go that long between feedings, but in general only formula-fed babies go 3 hours between feedings on a regular basis. That's because formula sits heavy on a tiny tummy and digests really slowly- not better, just slower!
Regarding positioning, you should be confident that things will get better with time! As babies grow larger and stronger, and gain better control of their bodies, they gain the ability to latch on with ease in any position. When my daughter was tiny, there was no way I could use the classic cradle hold. My breast was too big- it would drag on her tiny mouth and flop right out! I had to use the side-lying position until my baby was about 5 months old. Side-lying is great because the bed supports the baby and the breast, and leaves you with 2 hands free for positioning. If I had to use the cradle hold, I required lots of pillows to prop my baby and myself into a comfortable position, and I also used a rolled-up washcloth tucked under my breast to carry some of the weight of the breast while my baby was nursing.
HTH! You're doing a tough job, but I promise it will get easier if you can stick with it!!!
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