Re: Long nursing sessions
Hi mama, welcome to the forum. Long nursing sessions are normal. Especially for such a young baby. Later in the year baby will be too busy exploring the world to want to nurse and moms fret about baby not nursing enough! You are correct that the breast is never empty. There is always milk in a lactating breast. So there is no point at which there is "no more milk" when baby "should" stop nursing. I would suggest, nurse your baby as often and as long as she would like. This is great for your nursing relationship, your supply, and your plugged ducts. Set up yourself up to get whatever you can done while on the couch with baby - I'd get myself comfy with computer, phone, something to read and just let baby nurse away. And let go of non-essential stuff - the house can be dirtier than usual. These days will pass, I promise! Baby will become a more efficient nurser and have interests beyond your breasts. In the meantime, nursing IS for nutrition AND comfort AND bonding - those are all really important parts of the breastfeeding relationship for both of you.
Re: Long nursing sessions
:ita with the PP.
I just want to add that the whole "you must drain the breast thoroughly in order to avoid plugs" advice is the sort of thing where a little knowledge in the hands of some breastfeeding educators has turned out to be a dangerous thing. When a mom has a plug, she should strive to empty the breast as much as possible because maintaining milk flow through the plugged area will eliminate the plug, or prevent the plug from getting worse and possibly turning into mastitis. But a mom with no plugs? She should just leave well enough alone, and allow her baby to manage supply and keep the milk flow going.
There are so many moms out there driving themselves bonkers over this, pumping at the end of feedings just so they can empty the breast and prevent plugs... And all the pumping can lead to oversupply- which can lead to more plugs!- or to a mom getting too burnt out and too exhausted to continue breastfeeding.
I totally understand the "I don't have time for that!" feeling. Been there, felt that. My advice is to embrace this fleeting time, because it really is fleeting. Use the time that your baby has you pinned to catch up on your television, read some novels, surf the web. I read multiple novels during the first months of nursing my firstborn. But then, around 4-5 months she discovered that she could get all the milk she needed in around 5-10 minutes, after which she wanted to be up and around and interacting, and I didn't have any more time to read!