I'm talking really slow eating. It takes this child (she's a little over 9 weeks) at least 20 minutes and usually 30 to finish one side. And, she takes both sides, so we're usually talking that she eats for an hour. At first I thought that at some point she was doing comfort nursing at the end, but she's really not. She still actively sucking and swallowing, although the pauses get longer (seconds, not mintues). She will remove herself when she's done but it's a long time after I think she surely must have finished by now. I've been doing breast compressions to speed her up a bit, but it really doesn't. She likes to take her time eating. I guess she's like a gourmet eater, having to take her time and appreciate the nuances of every sip.
The other thing I've noticed is that it takes her a long time in the beginning to start actively sucking and swallowing. The first five minutes seem to be warm up, not active nursing. It's not a slow let down, because I can feel it and know there is milk there. I joke that she's like an actor at the Academy Awards "I'm happy just to be nominated." Cuz she's just happy to be at the breast, the milk is extra.
She's also more of a squirmer than a crier when she's hungry. She rarely gets to the point of crying when she's hungry, because if she did, it would be way past time for her to feed (like 5 hours or so) and I would nursed her already by then. Even when she sleeps longer at night, she wakes up squirmy and doesn't cry to be fed. She fusses, but doesn't cry. And her swallows are swallows not gulps, so maybe she's not getting enough at a time?
On the plus side, she has now gained weight at her last 4 weight checks (within the past 3 weeks), and she was up 2 lbs from her birth weight (so over 3 lbs from her lowest weight) at 2 months.
Anyways, is this okay or should I be trying something different?