This is my first time posting here so sorry if it gets a little long.
My 5 month old has been having a few problems for about 2 weeks now. The main problem I am having is that he arches his back and cries when I try to nurse him. He doesn’t do it every time, but most of the time. He has always wanted to nurse every 1 ½ to 2 hours but only for about 5 minutes on one side per feeding. I have had oversupply and overactive letdown so he was never did much comfort nursing, except when he was tired. The only way I could get him to sleep was nursing. Now he does it the most when he’s tired. Sometimes he will suck for 1-2 minutes then pull off and if I try to latch him back on he starts screaming. Sometimes when I just put him in the nursing position he starts crying. He acts like he’s hungry, but won’t nurse. It seems like he is doing this mostly when he is tired. I give up trying to nurse him and put him to sleep then he wakes up within 30 minutes wanting to nurse.
He has also been having problems sleeping. He has never been much of a napper, but was sleeping about 5-6 hours at night, nursing, then waking after 2 more hours. He would then take a short maybe 30 min nap in the morning, 2-3 hours in the afternoon, then another 30-45 min at night. Since the nursing problems have started he is only taking about 3 short 15-20 min naps during the day. Then he’s going to sleep earlier at night but waking frequently. I don’t always check the clock, but there have been nights when he wakes maybe 10 times. I nurse him back to sleep every time.
Right before this behavior started we were at the doctor because he didn’t have a bm for a week. Before we went in the nurse told me to give him apple juice. He really didn’t like it and seemed to have an upset stomach for 2 days after. The doctor said he was fine and he had a bm the next day. He went another 7 days and then 4 days.
He is also definitely teething. He is constantly chewing on his fingers and drooling.
So my question is… is this behavior related to teething? Is he just too tired? Is he having stomach issues? I have also been concerned that maybe my supply has dropped and that could be the problem. I just don’t know what the problem is and how I can get back to where we were. Oh and his wet diapers have seemed to decrease a little. He used to have maybe 6-7 very wet diapers and a few that were just a little wet. Now he usually has about 4 very wet diapers and maybe 3-4 somewhat wet diapers.