I am nursing my second baby, a son, who is 3.5 weeks old. He has become increasingly fussy, so that if he's not sleeping or eating (and even while eating) he'll be fussing - writhing, screaming, sticking his legs out straight. He is around 9 lbs with a birth weight of 7.10.
My first, a daughter, who has underlying health issues that may have contributed, ended up refusing to eat and failure to thrive and was given a feeding tube. She has silent reflux, aspirated and had a chronic lung disease that meant she was low on oxygen and breathed hard and fast. Because breast-feeding failed (I pumped tho) with her, I am paranoid the same will happen with my son. With my daughter she gained well the first 6 weeks (though always had a poor latch and refused to nurse at 2 weeks for a period and was on a special care bottle that the LC provided). Sometime around 6 weeks she stopped gaining and eventually started losing weight.
I think I have a bit of oversupply, he'll feed on one side and not want the second. I've been working to balance it out by block feeding. We also use positions such as side-lying or laid back to help him when I"m very full so he doesn't choke or gulp as much. He also seems to want to suck without getting milk at times so he'll latch and suck then pull off, spit milk out and scream.
When he eats, especially at the beginning, or when he's really fussy, he pulls off and relatches gulps a few swallows and repeats. When he re-latches he will latch fairly shallowly, so between the pulling of my nipples and shallow latch, I'm getting a bit sore again. I'm assuming this process also probably gives him more gas?
I had cut dairy from my diet for 2 weeks and added it back the day before yesterday. Yesterday he was way worse as far as fussiness and his stooling pattern changed from nearly every time he ate to just one big poop yesterday and going on 24 hours since pooing.
Any thoughts on whether these symptoms point toward Oversupply, to a dairy protein intolerance, etc.
Also, we are starting omeprazole with him today so we'll see if that helps too.