I am the mother of a now 15 week old babe. He has had 'colic' since he was in the world, but has always fed well and latched well, we have never had problems until now! He is in the 25th percentile for his wight, and has not had any problems gaining weight. He has plenty of wet diapers for his age.
The problem? About three weeks ago, he started having trouble with feeding. He pops off every 2-3 seconds and eventually gets irritated until I flip him to the other side. I can't figure out if it is overactive letdown that is getting him upset, or if the flow is slowing down and that is getting him upset. Here is the picture:
He begins to feed, gulping and gulping, then starts popping off after a few minutes. I try to compress the breast to help with the flow. He gets fussy until I flip him to the other side, then we repeat the same again. When he gets fussy on the second side, I try flipping him back. Back and forth we go until I get frustrated and try to stop feeding. Sometimes I try to burp him in between and he just screams until I get him back on. When I eventually stop feeding him he screams and screams and screams. During the day, he never stops feeding and is happy, he feeds, pops off constantly, and then screams when I try to stop feeding him. Eventually he will burp and chill out, but not always. Sometimes I can slide the pacifier in and he will chill out. I just can't figure it out. He used to eat and then sleep, or stop eating and be happy. Now he just seems fussy and unhappy. When I get up in the middle of the night to feed him it is better, he does not pop off as much, but still does to some extent.
I have just cut out dairy to see if that will help. I can't really block feed because he just won't tolerate it. How do I know if it is a let-down problem, a slow-flow problem, or none of the above? It didn't start until he was about eleven or twelve weeks old. Any thoughts would be appreciated!! I am so frustrated that I do not know what to do for him!