I am having trouble with my evening (pre-bedtime) feeds with my almost 5 monthold. She was nursing and sleeping GREAT for the first 3 months, then started to become very fussy with nursing. I took her to the doctors and he diagnosed her with "colic" and got bloodwork as she wasn't gaining weight. We started her on supplements of formula (about once per day) in addition to nursing and started feeding in the middle of the night again (she was sleeping through the night from 2-3 months). She is now "back on the charts" as far as weight and is nursing better during the day, however the evening feeds are challenging. She will suck vigorously for a few minutes then turn her head and pull off. If I take her off to burp she screams at the top of her lungs, but calms after I burp her. Sometimes she'll go back to the same side, other times she continues with her head-turning and squirming. (I wish I could describe it better).
She goes to sleep fine but then is up almost every hour during the night squirming and writhing and rolling. We can usually get some "toots" out and I thought maybe she's so gassy because of her fussy feedings. Last night, for example, she went to sleep at 8pm (I put her down awake with a pacifier), up at 10pm, 12am, 2:15am, 3am (when I couldn't settle her so I nursed her), 5:45am, and up for the day at 7am. This has been going on for months and I am truly exhausted as well as frustrated.
I've tried gas drops and gripe water, swaddling, raising the head of the bed, white noise...
During the day I nurse every 3 hours & she takes a short morning & short evening nap with a long (3 hour) nap in the afternoon.
I'd so appreciate your advice/suggestions.
*I nursed my other 2 children until they were a year old and NEVER had problems like this.