I have a 3 month old, 13 lbs, who has been showing fussy breastfeeding behavior for the past 2-3 weeks. He is on Prevacid for acid reflux so I'm thinking it's not that. He recently got over an ear infection, but the behavior still continues. I previously had major oversupply which has settled down in the past month, and I still have a forceful let-down. Lately the fussiness has occurred more often on the left breast, which produces less milk and has a less forceful let-down, although the behavior occurs on both breasts. It seems to happen at any time during the breastfeeding session, and sometimes occurs the entire time.
Here's what happens: While feeding, he starts squirming and kind of drawing his arm back, away from my breast (I have him in a cradle hold). He often rubs his face with his hand. He starts tugging at my nipple and latching and unlatching (sometimes this hurts!). He also kind of grunts while this is happening. It's such a struggle, and he doesn't look comfortable. He sometimes settles down towards the end of a feeding, but not always. At some feedings the fussy behavior is worse than others, but I haven't found a pattern yet.
Breastfeeding is no fun when it seems like such a struggle! Any idea what's going on? Gas maybe? Early teething (he's been fussy in general, too, and often rubs his face and scrunches his nose up like something's itching him)?