Re: Long nursing sessions
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!
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"