Hi, everyone. I've been reading these forums since my son was born in January, and have found them really helpful! We had extreme troubles with tongue-tie, posterior-tongue-tie, milk blisters, clogged ducts, and lots of PAIN, but I haven't given up and I'm proud that we've made it this far.
My concern now is that my son is 3 months old (today!) and he has just recently become really fussy in the evenings and won't nurse or won't nurse well. Starting around 4pm, he gets fussy, cries, refuses to latch on, pulls away from the breast, or latches and sucks for a few seconds, then pulls off crying. He's no longer getting in a good feed before falling asleep for his long stretch of the night (5-6 hours). Often, his last good feed is around 2 pm, and then he does this fussy refusal for the rest of the evening, and doesn't really nurse again until he wakes up at 12am or 1am.
Plus, he doesn't nurse for long during the night. Usually for a few minutes around 12 or 1, then a few more minutes around 4am. Then he wakes at 7am and generally eats well.
I'm concerned that he's going so long in the evenings/night without a good feed. I'm also concerned about why he's constantly pulling off or refusing to nurse at these times. I know fussy evenings are common, but I know he must be hungry!!!
Also, I go back to work in a week, so for the past 2 weeks, my mom has been giving him a bottle or two of expressed milk during the day, so he gets used to taking multiple bottles and being away from me. Could he be developing a bottle preference?
Is he starving himself in the evenings, or will he become dehydrated? Is there something else I should be doing to get him to eat better?
Thanks for your help