Re: Very long feedings
My first NEVER came off the breast on her own. Not until around 5.5 months. Before that time, she would be on the breast for 45-60 minutes, on average. I read a lot of novels while nursing her!
One thing you might try for long feedings- and also for improving weight gain, though it doesn't sounds like that's a problem any more- is switch nursing. When baby appears to be drowsing off, and transitioning to that shallow, fluttery comfort sucking, you take her off the breast, burp her or change her diaper, and put her onto the other breast. You repeat this process as many times as necessary, until baby will no longer wake. Switch nursing keeps a baby alert and active at the breast, and that can speed up feedings and also increase milk intake. It's not something you must do, just another tool for your kit.
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!"