My son is now 4 1/2 weeks old. I had trouble breastfeeding at first, so for the first 3 1/2 weeks I fed him expressed milk in a bottle exclusively. Last week, he suddenly picked up breastfeeding, and we haven't gone back (hooray). However, he now spends the entire day nursing! When he was bottle fed, I gave him a 2-4 oz. bottle which he would drink in about 20 minutes, and then be content for the next 3 hours. He rarely got hungry in between or refused to finish a bottle.
Since we started breastfeeding, he snacks for hours at a time - nursing a bit, falling asleep or pulling off for a few minutes, and nursing some more. His sleep schedule has changed too, and he seems gassier than normal.
I guess I'm just looking for some reassurance that eventually we'll get to a point where he won't "nurse" for hours and hours (literally) at a stretch. I'm not sure why switching from bottle to breast has produced such a change in his feeding personality. He is pooping more than ever and I took him today to get weighed, and he's gained a lot, so I know that he's getting enough to eat.
Any thoughts or reassurance is appreciated!