Yesterday, 07:25 PM
SO the LC said not a plug, and doctor said it is a plug? That is not so helpful is it?
Sorry. I have no idea if it is a plug or not. But I cannot totally agree with either professional!
Plugs DO increase or decrease in size. More specifically, a plug plugs the duct and milk backs up behind it, making the plug appear to be (and eventually, really to be) larger. When a baby nurses, the plug may or may not remain in place. If it does remain, it still might "shrink" because milk MAY move past the plug but the plug remain in the spot. Also sometimes there are several plugs, not one. Also sometimes plugs go away and come back. Also I have never heard that it always takes "two days' for a plug to come back. Plugs can pop up pretty quickly.
Here is what I think. If what the doctor said makes sense to you, it is easy enough to try waiting longer between nursing sessions to see if that helps. Nothing else has, and since this is your baby's preference anyway, I see no problem with trying that. Just be careful as the initial result will be more fullness, not less, probably.
But I think that a nursing baby will not take more milk overall than a baby needs. So generally speaking, there is nothing wrong with encouraging baby to nurse more often, because the overall amount baby takes in will not be more, or at least not all that much more that it increases your milk production beyond normal. Also, your history does not suggest the plugs were caused by nursing more often,...