My baby boy is 12 days old and ever since he was born, he would 'freak out' while at the breast. He can startle himself quite easily. Anyway, he will start feeding and at some point look like he's going to sleep. A few seconds later, he will startle awake, wailing, feet kicking, arms flailing and it will take me a little while to settle him back down. After he's calmed some, he will frantically try to take the breast back just to fall back asleep a few sucks later. This can go on for a long time. Sometimes he just plan cries and seems to refuse the breast.
Is there anything I can do about it? He hates swaddling for the most part and cries harder if you try to restrict his movement but it seems like his movement upsets him. I don't think it's an overactive letdown problem because he can handle most letdowns fairly calmly. He's gaining weight well and has decent poops and pees so I'm not worried about him gaining. It is just so stressful to feed him most times.
Additionally, because there are so many latches/re-latches in a feed and because when he 'freaks out' he tends to pull/bite at my nipple, both are fairly sore. What can I do to help this?
Thanks in advance for the advice.