February 15th, 2017, 08:35 PM
Yes. And in whatever other ways you might think of.
I think it makes sense sometimes to think about how all other mammals behave and how humans 'started out.' By which I mean, naked, or clothing mostly for protection and warmth, rather than modesty or decoration.
In other words humans developed as a species and lived for hundreds of thousands of years with the breasts always available to baby, usually visible, or at least very easy to get to. We also usually held our children before they could stand on their own or walk, but in a wide variety of ways and positions. In a sense, the breasts were constantly being "offered" from every direction imaginable.
As far as length of nursing time possibly being a problem, I think you are right, that can be a problem just as not nursing often enough would be. You mentioned increasing nursing frequency, and that is why I made a suggestion about that. But I also mentioned frequency because I think it is often easier to increase nursing frequency than to keep a baby at the breast longer than baby seems to prefer. This is all assuming baby really needs more milk due to slow gain, which again I do not think we are 100% sure of. On the other hand, more nursing time for baby is certainly not going to cause any harm.
For increasing length of sessions, it can be tricky. If baby is losing interest because of slow flow, then breast compressions or switching sides might help. If baby is instead just getting lots of milk fast, then...