I feel like my baby is possessed at night. We call nighttime the witching hours. Our baby is 4wks old and for the last several weeks, sometime between 8PM and midnight he will get very irritable, needing to feed constantly. He get very frantic about it. I put him on both breasts but at some point, after an hour or so, I feel so sore I have to take a break. I hold him and walk him back and forth in the house, usually with a pacifier in his mouth. If he doesn't have anything in his mouth, he cries, screams, and is very agitated. During these hours, he gives a very scary shriek which doesn't appear at any other time.
I have been pumping an ounce or two each day and my husband uses this to feed him at the end of several hours of trying to put him to sleep. Around midnight or so, our baby does go to sleep.
I've been reading that this is normal for this age. For those who have experienced this, how long did this last for your baby? Anyone with advice on how to quiet baby during these episodes? Are there babies out there that don't do this? What's it like for formula fed babies? Is it easier to quiet the babies who are on formula?