My son is 6 weeks old and nursing has been his favorite activity since day one. He has been packing on the pounds and is currently 5 pounds over his birth weight. He shows signs that either I have a bit of an oversupply or he has reflux:
-Restless and irritable and would likely cry more if he wasn't always nursing
-Spits up a lot
-Frequent explosive stools (though they are generally yellow/mustard with one green one everyday)
-Gets the hiccups frequently
It is hard to say if my breasts frequently feel full because he does not allow me adequate time in between feeds. They are quite engorged at night if he sleeps past 4 hours or so. When he does latch on to me at night when I am full he often pulls off and gags, milk sprays quite a distance, and he makes a clicking sound nursing. I wouldn't describe my letdowns as painful, but I do feel them quite distinctly. And my nipples are sore. All of this makes me think oversupply, but..
About two weeks ago he started exhibiting some strange nursing behavior where he starts fussing at the breast part way into feeds (say 8 or so minutes) where he squirms and fusses at the breast and eventually pulls off just wanting to be re-latched. This continues to where he is hitting my breasts and crying. This behavior makes me think he actually likes the fast let down and gets frustrated when the let downs slow and the flow slows down. I have tried breast compressions and switching sides both of which really make no difference. The only way he knows how to soothe himself at this point is nursing and he can only fall asleep by nursing. He won't take a pacifier and will reluctantly suck on a finger in a carrier, but not under other circumstances. He is a good nighttime sleeper and does not fight the breast at night at all I am assuming because he is too tired to care. During the day is where he fusses and pops on and off and gets little sleep as he can only fall asleep by nursing currently.
I do nurse him in a pretty upright position and have tried laid back nursing. It was helpful at the initial part of the feed, but he was still frustrated as the feed went on with him popping on and off. I have tried block feeding for a period of hours, but this just resulted in him becoming more worked up as the flow wasn't as fast. He was recently started on Prevacid for the reflux, but it is too early to tell if it is making a difference.
I'd appreciate any thoughts you might have. If it is oversupply how do I keep him to one breast for a period of time and keep him satisfied? If he isn't happy with the flow he will get no daytime sleep and Mommy will get no rest.