First of all, Sorry this is so long!!!
I have been nursing since day 1. My nipples have been very sore! James will be two months old next weekend. I have been checked by a lactation consultant for correct positioning/latch/sucking twice now and for thrush. My nipples are still really sore. I do reattach when they start hurting, but by the time we go to bed they hurt no matter what . My baby eats for about 15min on each breast then takes a 3-5hr nap in the morning (he also eats every 4hrs at night), then wants to eat the rest of the afternoon. I live in AZ so its very hot and I wonder if part of it is that hes thirsty and just needs a drink due to the dry heat! He will eat almost non stop (he'll take a 10-15min break every once in a while) from about 3pm till bed time. I have a feeling hes using me as a pacifier but i cant tell the difference if he is sucking differently. He weighed 7lbs when we left the hospital and now weighs 9lbs 6oz. He does have 6-8 peed diapers and 1-3 poopy each day. So I am not concerned about weight gain/him getting enough milk at this time.
I am wondering how long a baby should eat? and if you have any advice as to how to make my nipples stop hurting!??