Hi all. This is my first post and my first baby. He is now four weeks old and has been constantly fussy; day or night (usually about 45min after eating), hungry, gassy and has occasional green poop for the past three weeks. I haven't weighed him recently but his second week of life he gained 12oz. After much research I have come to the conclusion that I have over active letdown which could also be causing lactose overload for him. When I nurse him he fights to latch, chokes and sometimes comes off the boob when my initial letdown occurs. I try my best to make this easier on him by reclining and if he's not too hungry crazy I pull him off and catch the milk in a cloth. I also try to let him nurse as long as he needs as long as he's sucking and swallowing. He very, very rarely will come off on his own (He loves the boob!).
I do need to go back to work in eight weeks so block feeding to regulate this doesn't seem possible since I need to start pumping and saving soon. If I simply allow him to feed on one side until he appears to have emptied it and only offer the other side if he still is hungry will this rectify the problem? Will he eventually be able to handle the letdown? I reluctantly gave up dairy over the last week thinking it was an allergy with no true results (it may not be long enough tho) but it seems that might be an unlikely contributor. I just really want a happier baby and I'm becoming desperate for a solution. Any other suggestions would be much appreciated!