Hi, my firstborn child is 9 weeks old. I have been EBF since he was born. The midwives, PHN and GP have all been extremely satisfied with his progress. He has gained approx half a pound per week since birth. He is feeding every 2-4 hrs during the day, and every 5-6 hrs during the night. Seems to be going good. However, throughout most of this time, he has also been extremely fussy. He seems to cry at a much more frantic level than what my mother, mother-in-law and partner think is considered "normal" for a baby - he literally kicks off, going from a smiling placid baby to a screaming inconsolable baby in a matter of seconds. I seem to be able to read his signals now, often he is crying due to wind, and will settle down after a burp or spitting up. Sometimes he is over-tired, and will give in when craddled and rocked to sleep with some music. Laying him on his back to change his nappy, holding him in different positions, switching on some background white-noise etc, can all distract him from his screaming for a few minutes at a time before it starts up again - he literally switches it on and off in 2 seconds - so I don't think that he is in pain when he is screaming. But my family members are all pressuring me to introduce formula to see if it resolves his frantic crying. I'm not keen to do so... I think that he is getting enough at each feed. I offer the breast more frequently as a last resort when he is crying like that, sometimes he refuses it (leading me to believe he has wind), and sometimes he'll take a short feed and put himself to sleep (leading me to believe he was over-tired). But from the response from family members, I am being made to feel selfish for continuing to EBF when there is some "underlying issue" that is upsetting him. BTW I've tried Infacol (which didn't work for him), and Gripe Water (which does actually help get up his wind with less of a struggle)... but still the crying, and now family members keep asking me to introduce formula as a test and see if that improves things. Of course, none of the medical personnel I've encountered will advise on introducing formula, they maintain that in this case, breastfeeding is going well as he is "thriving" - clearly gaining weight and sleeping for longer periods at night time. Please - any thoughts on what may be causing his frantic crying, and whether or not introducing formula for some of his feeds might actually improve things? From what I've read on the subject, I think that it may only make him sleep longer as he'll be fuller from the formula feed, and that it may even make any colicky/tummy pains he may be having worse. I'm finding it hard to believe that so many family members would pressure me into formula feeding a baby who seems to otherwise be doing well on breastmilk. They really are making me feel guilty for not trying it. As it is my first child, I don't know what level of crying is "normal" but he really does work himself into a state sometimes, and I just want what is best for him.