My 5 week old has, since shortly after we came home from the hospital, had very long nursing sessions. He nurses for about an hour to hour and a half--which I've heard can be normal during the newborn age--but he isn't gaining weight like he should.
At birth he was 8 lbs. Now, at 5 weeks he is about 8 lb. 4 oz.
I feed him on demand so sometimes I have all of 30 minutes in between feedings. He is often sleepy during feedings, but I can't seem to avoid this. Because he takes so long to eat his feedings often run into the times he should be napping. However, if he falls asleep while feeding and I take him off the breast he inevitably wakes and is desperate for more. Also, it isn't very often that he seems satisfied after a feeding.
His latch is still a tad shallow, but it is much better than we started with. After he latches on he closes his jaws quite a bit. Not sure if this is normal?? If I have to remove him from the breast I have to not only break the suction, but also slip my finger in between his jaws to release me.
When he is feeding I can hear him getting milk and he actively swallows...except for when he falls asleep. He wears cloth diapers and soaks (like really soaks them) about 8 a day.
I'm kind of desperate right now. Please let me know if I can give you any other info that might help with answers.