My 5-week-old has all of a sudden become very angry/fussy during feedings.
A few weeks ago, I was pretty sure that I had an oversupply problem, and I followed the advice to feed only on one side, and the problems seemed to go away.
Now the fussiness during feedings has started again. I have been reading the recent threads on fussy babies and babies refusing to nurse, and I have listened to the recommended podcast on oversupply and overactive letdown, but i have a few questions.
We have some of the symptoms that have been discussed: My baby has lots of wet and dirty diapers and is gaining weight pretty quickly. He seems very gassy a lot of the time, needs to be burped every 5-10 minutes when nursing, and passes gas and occasionally spits up or vomits between feedings.
He will latch on, eat well (lots of big swallows) for anywhere between 3 and 10 minutes, and then all of a sudden start screaming, letting go of the breast, hitting me, etc. He seems really really hungry, eagerly latches back on, and then gets angry again a minute or so later. This usually goes on for quite a while, with him eating a little bit, then fussing, then eating a little bit, until I finally give up. As soon as I stop and let him suck on a pacifier or a finger, he usually calms down.
The thing that makes me wonder is that I don't have a number of the main of the symptoms listed for oversupply/overactive letdown. I don't have any pain during breastfeeding, my nipples aren't sore, and i'm not engorged. Also, my baby's stools are not green.
Today I tried feeding uphill, and that worked for about 12 minutes until the fussiness started.
I also tried feeding him a bottle of milk I pumped last night, and he happily and calmly ate about 2 oz. before falling asleep. He has only had a bottle one other time, about 3.5 weeks ago, so I don't think it has to do with preferring bottles, at least not yet.
I'm wondering if this is just fussiness during a growth spurt (seems like he wants to eat all the time -- every 1-2 hours) that will go away. Or if it is oversupply and overactive letdown, and the things I've tried just aren't working yet?