Is it possible fussy baby's not hungry?
Hello again! More problems. I think it's been about 2 weeks since our last major one, so that's about right.
My 7-week-old has been fussing a lot during nursing. It started in evenings, so I thought it was just usual fussiness, but was concerned I might have slight OALD. Doing some laid-back nursing. Now he's doing it throughout the day, not just in the evenings. He's almost refusing one side now for most of the day. He'll eat for a few minutes on it a few times a day, but other times just sucks until letdown, lets go, and then starts screaming and won't latch on again. But then he won't latch on the other side, either. Sometimes he seems like he inhales milk, but I can't tell if it's from letdown. He spits up a lot some days, not others. But doesn't seem to be bothered by it. Poops are brown and normal (had 4 today and it's 6:30 p.m.).
Is it possible that I'm offering too much? I usually just offer when a while has passed -- not watching the clock, but if it seems like a while, so probably about 1.5 to 2 hours. Or if he seems fussy I'll try. Also, he generally only eats on one side at a time, so sometimes 4-5 hours passes per side. And a lot of times he'll only eat for a minute or two. It feels weird to me to space him out more and goes against my usual method, but I'm wondering if I should (obviously not if he's upset or anything). My daughter ate all the time!
He's had lots of wet and poopy diapers and seems to be gaining a lot. Is it possible some babies get upset from being offered too much? That seems weird to me. But he had eaten about 2 hours ago on one side, got fussy so I tried. He screamed when I tried him on both sides. I gave him his pacifier and he fell right to sleep. He's a happy baby overall when he's not nursing. That's our stressful time, generally.
Having the expensive IBCLC coming again tomorrow, but not sure she'll be able to figure it out! Plus, he'll probably be a perfect nursing angel when she's here. I know he's not starving, but it's frustrating. I'm trying to avoid pumping or other time consuming things, as time is not something I have right now.
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.