Re: Very fussy when nursing
This can be frustrating and confusing for both of you!!
A few ideas-
I think the problem is this: "He is super hungry." He may be frustrated that it is taking so long for milk to let down. He may be used to the immediate flow of a bottle, so he gets confused and mad when it doesn't come immediately from you. It can take several minutes of vigorous sucking before let-down happens. Being stressed or having low milk supply can make let-down even slower. Not saying this is the case for you, just that it can occur.
A couple of ideas that might help:
- Nurse more frequently. If your baby is getting super hungry, he can get super frustrated with the work that goes into nursing. Typically babies this age (eight weeks or so, right?) nurse 10-12 times per 24 hours. Sometimes babies nurse less often as they get older and thus more efficient, but sometimes they don't. And sometimes babies nurse less than 10 times per 24 hours, but that would be more rare. Nursing more often would help your baby to feel more full more often, not getting to the point of freaking out. You may try offering every 1.5-2 hours during the day and see if that helps!
- You can try doing breast compressions during the nursing session. This is when you put your hand in a c shape, firmly but not to pain, compress your breast, careful not to displace baby's mouth from your nipple. Compress for a few moments in one spot, then rotate hand and compress in another spot.
- You can try doing some breast compressions a few minutes before nursing. This could help milk to start to flow before baby latches.
I do think, though, that as you relax and spend lots of skin-to-skin time with your baby (diapered-only baby one your bare chest, even when not nursing), nursing frequently, this could resolve itself.