Re: Feeding for over an hour?
Martie, other than the ouchy latch, how are things going? Are baby's weight gain and output ok? And are your nipples in pain just during nursing or all the time?
It certainly sounds like your latch could use a little improvement. One thing I found really helpful was laid-back breastfeeding. I would try to latch my baby while leaning forward a bit, but then leaning backwards onto pillows (not necessarily a whole lot, just to a comfortable place) once he was on so that his latch would stay nice and open throughout the entire time he was nursing. What I had to do to achieve a good latch was really get him to open wide, so he wasn't slurping his way onto the breast. I was tickling his lips with my nipple, trying to see if I could get him to mimic me opening my mouth, then when he did open wide, getting him latched on fast. It sometimes took a few tries to get a good latch. Sometimes it made us very frustrated, and he'd get too frantic, so I'd let him go with a bad latch for a minute or two, until he calmed a bit, then tried again. It took a couple of weeks before he started latching on right every time, but after a day or two, we were having significantly better latches, and I was merely gritting my teeth for the 60 second sizzle, instead of weeping in pain pretty much the whole time.
There are a bunch of links about getting a good latch here: http://forums.llli.org/showthread.ph...nd-Positioning Also it may benefit you to have hands-on help with an LC. Or perhaps there is a LLL leader nearby, you could try calling her or going to a meeting. And remember if the latch looks good but feels bad, it's bad; if it looks bad but feels good, it is good.
Also, instead of giving her a bottle (which can cause its own set of problems), have you tried switching her to the other side when she acts fussy after the first? At three weeks you are likely in the midst of a growth spurt, and usually babies go through growth spurts by nursing a TON. So that could be part of her fussiness, and it could just be normal baby fussiness. Newborns get a lot of comfort from nursing and being held, which is all totally normal and good for building your supply and giving them practice at nursing. Of course, I totally understand your getting overwhelmed by pain, I was there, too. Try to keep experimenting on positions and latching, working on getting a good latch, it may be two steps forward one back for a bit, but you'll get the hang of it before too long.
mama to a little raccoon, born under the full moon, Nov '11