Re: Sleep and Breastfeeding difficulties.
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!
The only thing that is constant about babies is that they change all the time. Just when you think "At last! We're in a nice routine, I know what to expect-" BANG! The baby changes everything.
At this age, there are many possible explanations for your baby's altered sleep/eat patterns. A growth spurt would be one, and yes, they can last for a week or sometimes more, depending on the baby. Teething or pre-teething would be another. Distractability would be yet another- it tends to start around 4 months but your baby might just be advanced in that department. Distracted babies often pull off, look around, go back to nursing for a few seconds, pull off again, look around, etc. A change in milk supply is another possibility: most moms start out overproducing milk but eventually milk production adjusts to meet demand very precisely, without a lot of extra left over. When that adjustment occurs, babies often change their nursing frequency. And finally- well, not finally, but this is the last thing I can think of right now- babies tend to change their sleep habits as they master new physical skills. A baby who has begun to roll or to squirm or to crawl will often do those things in his/her sleep and will wake up startled by an alteration in sleep position or because he/she bumped into the crib railing!
So, basically: normal. Do your best to roll with it, because it's unlikely to last. As my mom says, "By the time he gets married, it will pass."
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"