I am a new member, with a 16 day old son. In the hospital, we had issues with breastfeeding, and had to supplement using formula, then the SNS system. (his blood sugar was too low, indicating he was not getting enough to eat). Since he's been home, we had some rough days at the beginning, but things seemed to "even out" and settle down. Breastfeeding seemed to be going well for a while. Then every night after his late evening feeding usually between 10-11pm, I would feed him but he seems to still be hungry. We weren't sure if it was gas (but I am eating a really bland diet) or if he was really hungry. He seemed to root, suck on his hand, etc. But he is only that way at night. He has a "lazy suck" at the breast; when he feeds, he suckles for a short time, usually a min or two, then will go to sleep. We do EVERYTHING to keep him awake...we undress him, use a wet washcloth, tickle his feet, hands, turn music on, blow in his face, everything. But he does use the breast to suck on, as a pacifier. I know it is comforting for him, but after he falls asleep, and he lets go of the breast, he will then awaken, and go for the breast again. This goes on for hours, and I can't even put him down at night without him screaming. (the pacifier doesn't work). My husband and my Mom both suggest that we give him bottled breast milk and/or formula to calm him down and stop the crying and settle him. It does seem to calm him and he drinks it willingly. I guess my questions are: 1. does anyone have any suggestions for the falling asleep during feeding issues? I really would prefer he nurse exclusively and 2. what to do re: the using breast as a pacifier? I am afraid that he is getting gas in his stomach because he is just sucking at the breast and getting air and not getting any milk. Is that possible? I am almost at my wits end not knowing what to do. I hope some of you could help me.