Re: 5 week old nurses for 1 hr+. Gaining very little weight.
Have you tried switch nursing? That can be good for babies who are slow gainers and sleepy feeders. In switch nursing, you watch baby carefully as he feeds. When he seems to be dozing off, transitioning from active sucking (during which you should hear lots of swallowing) to shallow, fluttery, comfort sucking, you take him off the breast, burp him or change his diaper, and then put him onto the other breast. When he starts to fall asleep on the second breast, you repeat the process, and you keep on repeating it until the baby will no longer wake. Switch nursing is supposed to help teach babies that the breast is not simply a place to do a lot of snoozing, but a place where they have to work for their meals.
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