Fussy feeds: does this end?
My LO will be 8 weeks tomorrow. For the last two weeks he has gotten extremely fussy during some feedings during the day and some late at night. He probably does this at about three feedings a day, but somehow it feels like more of them.
He tenses up, he cries -- sometimes sounding like he's in pain -- he thrashed around wildly, he rakes his nails across his face and across me. Burping him, switching sides, changing his diaper -- none of it stops it. Today in the span of a few seconds during one of these episodes he managed to punch me in the face twice, punch himself once, and rake his nails across both of us painfully. He pulls himself off, then roots wildly and if he doesn't get the nipple he starts crying and stuffs his fists into his mouth. Then the cycle repeats. When he tenses up suddenly ten minutes into eating I know what's coming and I just dread the ensuing battle at the breast.
I have tried breast compressions. I've tried not doing them. I've tried lifting him higher than the nipple. I cut out dairy weeks ago. I tried feeding on one side only, then I tried switching sides when he fusses. None of it changes anything. Meanwhile his diaper output seems fine -- his poop turned green a week ago, but it's not frothy and the pediatrician said it's fine.
When these episodes hit the only thing that calms him down is swaddling/shushing/swinging/side lay/pacifier.
I will not quit nursing, but if there was ever a day when part of me wanted to, it's today. I am not one to cry but after the punch out I got from him today and watching him fight at my breast it finally broke me down a bit. Nursing is supposed to be comforting and I feel, during these episodes, like he HATES it. Today it really made me feel that New Mom Inadequacy.
PLEASE tell me this fussing at the breast ends. Will I ever get the baby back that loves to nurse and then looks up at me with the sweetest milk coma smile? I miss that baby.
First-time mom to Markus, August 17, 2011.