This is my first post here. Breastfeeding has been quite the rollercoaster for me since day 1, and now just as he and I got the hang of things, we have a new issue.
My baby's 15 weeks old, and over the past week, he's gotten really squirmy when he nurses. He pushes his hands against my chest and pushes off my breast, he arches his back and pops off, he kicks, etc. Basically he's on for no more than 2 minutes, max, then he starts popping on and off. Sometimes he's on for two sucks, then pops off, then chomps back on, then off. Sometimes he gets fussy when he does this, other times he's fine. He does this even when we're in a quiet room or I have my nursing cover on so there's no outside stimulation. Sometimes it helps if I give him an ounce or so in a bottle, but not others. And sometimes he's fine for the first few minutes before he starts going on and off, other times he starts doing it from the get-go. When he's tired, he doesn't do it as much.
It's made every nursing session into a wrestling match! I'm worried he isn't getting enough breastmilk and that he isn't draining the breast very well. He gets bottles at daycare, both breastmilk and formula (since I can only pump around 2oz at a time, whereas he eats 5oz at a feeding). I use The First Years' Breastflow bottles with the slow-flow nipple, and have for months, so I don't think it's nipple confusion. He also gets grumpy 30-45 minutes after a feeding.
I remember when he was little and would nurse for 30 minutes straight on one breast, and I thought that was difficult. Now I can't keep him to nurse continuously for even 5 minutes at a time!