Re: Help! Fussy baby while nursing! Don't know what to do!
Laid back (=biological) nursing is where you lean (or lay) back, put your baby on top of you, and let her latch herself. It works very well during those early months!
What you describe coud easily be normal late afternoon/evening fussiness. That is really common at that age. My son would scream and scream at the breast starting around 5 p.m. when he was a similar age. The only thing I could do to calm him down enough to latch was to walk around the house either holding him in my arms or in a sling. I could get him to latch while I was walking once he calmed down a bit and I continued to walk with him while he nursed. I could only to get him to nurse if I was walking for a solid week at least. Bicycling her legs, tummy massage, and warm baths help a lot with the gas.
Why are you using formula? Formula can be very constipating and could very well be exacerbating the fussiness. It is also very difficult to digest, and I would personally be reluctant to give it to a baby with tummy trouble (but that's just me, so take that for what it's worth). If you do really need to use it for some reason, then make sure that you are pumping at least the equivalent of the formula given to protect your milk supply.
Honestly, though, you should probably avoid bottles if it is at all possible. If your baby develops a flow preference for the bottle, then she will likely only become more and more fussy at the breast.
K. Sophia - Mama to my little lactivore, the amazing Mr. X (11/10).