Today, 10:28 AM
Nursing position matters if it matters, and I think it is common for it to "matter" more in the early weeks. It matters for moms comfort, babies preference, baby's ability to latch normally, etc. Baby preferring or nursing 'better' in position A on one side and position B on the other is common. I guess what you are describing is that you feel that baby needs to nurse in both positions on both breasts in order for you to not get plugs. This makes sense, the breast is round, and so baby might need to nurse from different angles to milk the breast "better." Also, to avoid plugs, probably your best bet is to encourage very frequent nursing and making sure latch seems optimal, and avoid practices where regular or prolonged pressure is brought onto the breast (watch how you hold your diaper bag, bra fit, even wearing a seatbelt for prolonged periods, sleeping on your front etc.) More on plugs: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/mastitis/
I am curious why you need to listen for gulping, or are concerned baby might not be getting enough. Has weight gain been an issue? Milk production issues in the past, etc? Is nursing comfortable for you?
If all is going normally there, my suggestion would be to relax and nurse baby how you and baby choose. Personally I found I could do football hold discreetly in public just fine with a few adjustments, but If one hold is not working in public for you, can it simply be avoided when in public? If you would like more NIP tips I think...