Re: evening nursing help!
Welcome to the forum!
Evening fussiness and the ultra-annoying on-off-fuss-on-off-fuss nursing behavior you're experiencing are kind of textbook normal for babies in your baby's age range- so much so that there are commonly recognized names for it, like "the witching hour(s)" and "the evening fussies" and even "evenings-only colic" for those babies who are real screamers (like mine were). It's not about anything you're doing or not doing, or your supply, or your pumping- it's just your baby being a baby, and going through a developmental phase.
Some things to do about it:
- nurse, nurse, nurse, and nurse some more- if baby is willing
- white noise- radio static, dryer sounds, vacuum cleaner noises
- calm house- lights, stereo and tv turned way down or, preferably, off
- motion- rock in a rocker, swing in a swing, bounce on an exercise ball, stroller ride, car ride (can be optimal, since there's a white noise component!)
- warm bath
- fresh air
- closeness- snuggle baby close in a sling or just cuddle
The reason the above work (sometimes! There's no 100% effective cure for evening fussiness) is that you're changing the baby's sensory input. That short-circuits the impulse to fuss.
Now, bottles also work. But I personally think it's best to ride this out without resorting to the bottle- your baby will be getting a lot of bottles very soon and you want to give him as much chance as possible to work out any nursing quirks before you return to work.