DS2 is just shy of 4 weeks old. Nursing has been going so well, and I was so pleasantly surprised after having a lackluster nursing relationship with DS1 that barely lasted 3 months.
Up until just recently, he was having 25-45 minute nursing sessions. He would usually nurse both sides, but sometimes only 1, and would often fall asleep while nursing. He seemed content, and his poops were yellow and often.
In the past few days, every nursing session is a battle. It seems like he is having the same troubles that plagued my older son when we were nursing. He latches on, nurses well for a few minutes, then starts bobbing off and on, crying, grunting, just unhappy. His poops are still often, but are now completely almost neon green. I can hear him gulping when eating, and I do sometimes hear a clicking sound while he is eating.
I want to try block feeding, but there are 2 things making me think this may not be a oversupply/forceful letdown issue:
1) I have not had much engorgement and have experienced almost zero spraying during or between feeds. Yes, my breasts get full if he doesn't feed off that side for a while, but that's about it.
2) When he initially latches on, he eats well for a couple minutes. I am sure my milk has already let down at that point, because I can hear him getting a lot of milk. Wouldn't he get upset at the first let down if forceful letdown was the issue? I thought he may be getting upset when the milk slows, and he has to start working for it, but that doesn't seem to be the issue.
He was born big and has gained well so far. But It is really hard for me to nurse when he is so upset. I have tried nursing so he is above the breast but it doesn't help. I just don't want to try block feeding a the risk of lowering my supply if oversupply is not the issue. Bottles are so temptiing to me right now, because I have an active toddler who has no patience for a drawn out screaming nursing session. I'm really trying to hold off, but I'm not sure how much longer I can go in the current situtation.