My son is 4 months old, exclusively breast-fed from birth and has excellent weight gain. He nursed every 1.5 hrs during the day until about 12 weeks old, then abruptly (within 2-3 days) transitioned (on his own) to a 3-4 hr feeding routine during the day. At the same time this happened, he developed very fussy nursing behavior. He screams and fusses if I try to feed him when he's not hungry (for instance, if it's been 2.5 hrs and he seems fussy). In other words, can't pacify him at the breast - only uses it to eat from.
For many daytime feedings he fusses as soon as we get into position, then latches on, fusses until I let down (which only takes about 10 sucks) and then continues to be fussy for the whole feed. He will calm down, then will go along sucking just fine and then out of the blue just start screaming, then I coax him back on and then he's fine for another minute and then starts screaming again. This is all within the first 5 min of the feeding session. I know I have a good supply. I'm a physician myself and I really do not think he has reflux and he has never had colic. I know the milk is there, and I don't think I have too-fast or too-slow let down. He doesn't gulp or choke a lot and I can hear him swallowing the milk. I give him a bottle of pumped milk only rarely since we have had lots of troubles with him taking a bottle. He's always had tons of wet and poopy diapers.
Interestingly, since one month old he has slept well at night with only one night-time feed. ** He feeds very peacefully with no crying during his night-time feeds!
I sometimes dread even trying to put him to the breast for fear of inducing a meltdown!!!!!!!
Has anyone else experienced this problem and is there anything I can do about it? I feel bad that he seems so unhappy breastfeeding much of the time!!!!!!!! Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!