Elodie was born 10 days ago, and we've had a pretty rocky breastfeeding journey so far. She has a very tight jaw, which we think is partly due to my long labor (4 days). As a result, she doesn't open her jaw very wide, and in the first few days I ended up with blistered and bleeding nipples. After seeing a LC and getting a nipple shield, things have gotten a little better. My nipples are no longer chewed up, but they still really hurt. However, now I'm finding out that Elodie is also an incredibly slow nurser. I feel like I'm nursing her nearly around the clock. Literally. Last night I nursed her for almost 6 hours straight, and she still didn't want to quit. Typically, she will take 2 hours (or more) per feeding. And considering that she eats every 2 1/2 to 3 hours... well, it feels like all I'm doing is nursing. She looks healthy, is gaining weight (slowly), and has several dirty and wet diapers every day. I think (and hope!) she is getting enough to eat.
I don't mind the frequency of the nursing; it's the duration of each session that is really wearing me down. I didn't sleep at all the four days I was in labor and birthing, so I went into the PP period on a severe sleep deficit. I know lack of sleep is the name of the game for new mothers, but I'm feeling beyond exhaustion and coping ability keeping up with Elodie.
I guess I'm wondering how long your babies feed for? I know it's a highly variable thing. But is two hours per feeding too long? Or is it within the range of normal? And more importantly, will it get better? Or is there anything I can do? (I've tried switching sides frequently, blowing on her face, tickling her cheeks, pumping her arm--it wakes her up a bit, but then she just slows down again)