Re: Latching issues-long rant
You sound so frustrated and sad, mama! The first thing I think you should do is to pat yourself on the back and tell yourself that you are AWESOME. Breastfeeding is the easiest thing in the world when it's easy, and the hardest thing in the world when it's not. And the same goes for mothering.
I know your baby is a gassy little fusspot who doesn't sleep. But there's an excellent chance that he'd be a gassy little fusspot who doesn't sleep even if you'd formula-fed him from day one. Gassiness, fussiness, and sleep disturbances are just par for the course with young babies. The difference between a nursing mom and a formula-feeding mom is that the nursing mom is more likely to blame herself for her child's behavior.
That being said, I think it's an excellent idea to see a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC. It sounds like your LO is still struggling with a fast flow of milk- he's feeding so quickly, he's gagging and choking and letting milk pool in his mouth, he's gassy, he's fussy at the breast. But some of this might be because he's still so young. Older babies can usually handle a fast flow without making a big fuss, but younger, less adept babies can struggle with even a normal milk flow, just because they are young and not yet super-skilled at breastfeeding.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"