I am a first time mom of a beautiful baby boy who is now almost two months old. He is gaining weight and breastfeeding like a champ (he gained 12 ounces last week!), and is very healthy. He has healthy poops (mustardy), but his problem is gas. He farts an enormous amount, and his farts seem to bother him - they often wake him from sleep, and he gets so worked up that he can't drift back off without lots of comforting from my husband and I, meaning VERY exhausting nights for all three of us. Especially at night, he is an extremely enthusiastic nurser, nearly to a fault. He really goes at it, but often nurses so enthusiastically that he forgets to breathe and has to pull off the breast coughing, then take a break until he can pull himself together. I take him off the breast every time he starts to cough, but it gets him so worked up that he starts to cry as soon as I take him off. He also swallows huge amounts of air at nearly every feeding, but especially at night. He sometimes builds up air bubbles big enough to cause him to pull off the breast screaming, and that in just a few minutes of nursing. I can hear him swallowing the air as he nurses - the gulping sound is VERY different when he swallows air and when he doesn't - but I don't know how to get him to slow down and to stop swallowing so much air. I wonder if all that air he's swalllowing, despite often burping three or four times during each feeding and then burping several times again after he's finished, is aggravating his fart problem. He is also, just as of a few days ago, very fussy between feedings.
I wondered about oversupply, but I don't think I have it. My right breast often gets very full, but only if I switch to the left every other feeding, so I've taken to feeding him more often on the right than on the left. The left breast poses no problem at all, and is always soft but still has milk. I also wonder about a forceful letdown, but I can't feel the letdown so I don't know at what moment to take my baby off the breast to handle it. When I take him ff when he coughs, my breast often drips but there is no forceful squirt of milk. Whatever the problem, it is always more aggravated on my right breast, and always more aggravated at night, and the whole family looses lots of sleep over it.
Any ideas? How can I get my baby to have more calm, peaceful feedings and to stop swallowing so much air? I really, really appreciate any advice!