I'm posting here as a last ditch attempt to see if my little boy may be unhappy due to me / my milk or whether he is just a bit fussy and I nee get on and hope he grows out of it.
DS is 8 wks old. Since about 2/3 wks of age he has got fussier and fussier and cried more and more. I'm a first time mum so it's knocked my confidence a bit.
I've breastfed from day 1.
He has real issues being put down, whether that be to sleep, be changed or play. Most the time he cries instantly (it's more of a scream really).
He feeds all the time, as if in permanent growth spurt! He puts on an average of just under or over a lb a week.
He has terrible wind and displays collic like symptoms but throughout the day.
Quite explosive watery stools, usually very yellow grainy but sometimes stringy.
He doesn't feed for very long but frequently and has started to become fussy on the breast after 5 mins or so.
I co sleep (not through choice) and feed laying down at night. If I'm honest I don't really know how long he feeds at night as I drift off a bit.
He can be quite sick but not all the time, seems to be linked to his wind.
He is like a different baby in the bath and his body relaxes and he seems to enjoy it.
Seems to sleep better on tummy in pram (have not tried at night due to sids risks)
Rarely seems content and doesn't smile a lot.
An average day consists of him nursing and sleeping on me so I can't get much done at all. Some days are better than others but not sure if that's down to me pushing on or having the odd down day where I get upset.
I'm not looking for a perfect baby and I knew I'd be in for the hardest job of my life but this is gruelling. The feeding, crying, constant being on me doesn't seem like other babies I know. He doesn't really sleep a lot so he is probably overtired as well. I wonder if it's my milk or feeding related. Last night I gave him 3 bottles of formula, only total of about 8oz's just out of desperation following him being awake for 8 hrs and feeding the whole time. Not sure if a coinscidence but he was like a different baby for the evening. He slept well and when he woke he was content and a real joy. I feel terrible giving it to him but equally am wondering now if it's my milk or feeding technique and whether he would be happier on formula. Dr's are happy nothing his wrong with him and feel he will outgrow this. I just thought it worth getting in touch as dr's are BF specialists. I want to BF but equally want my baby to be happy and selfishly would like a bit of an easier ride myself in terms of the crying and inability to put him down. I hope this makes sense. Thanks in advance for any advice xxxx