My ds is 4 months old now and has been an amazing nurser until a couple of weeks ago. He was going 4 - 5 hours at night between feeds and during the day just 2 hours. Now he wants to feed every 2 hours day and night and also, when he is on the breast he is fine for about 5 mins and then starts wriggling, turning his head downwards, kicking anything in sight and pushing himself off the breast and bringing his little arm down hard on my chest. I try and hold him securely but he is so strong. It really frustrates me so I take him off and then he screams for more milk. Why would he wriggle so much? I have quite fast let down so could it be because the later in the feed the slower my milk comes out??
Also, the last 2 weeks he has started really screaming sometimes only shortly after feeding and the only way I can console him is to feed him. He then proceeds to pass wind. He seems to suffer real bad with trapped wind as he doesnt burp well after feeds. He has been quite colicky even though he never suffered before 3 months old (thought colick only lasted until 3 months??!!)
Am I making the situation worse by the constant feeding? Am I not giving his poor tummy a break?? I know it is supposed to be feed on demand but I am so tired I need some kind of normality back in my life. I hate expressing because it makes me feel like a milk machine so I only ever get 1 to 2 hours break. Dh takes him in the morning but then has to give him back to me to feed.
I relented tonight and bought a ready made carton of Aptamil as my hv said this is quite good for supplementing with bm. OK, well, my dh tried to give it to him in a bottle, which he HATED! So we tried from a spoon which he seemed to love. About half hour later he brought the whole feed back up and it was thick clear mucous mixed with a bit of milk. I had given ds a short bf just before to settle him ready for the formula. He had about five 10ml spoons of formula.
Could this be an allergy to the formula (Aptamil). He also went really manic after this and kept kicking his legs as though cycling.
Just lately I have also noticed he has started jerking/jumping again while trying to get to sleep (like the startle reflex he used to wake himself up with for the first cpl of weeks). Is this normal around this age??
I keep feeling really down about the whole formula thing because I don't want to hurt his little tummy or ruin the goodness of my breast milk.
Surely it is ok just to give one feed with formula to let me get a break. Also, should I try another type so as not to produce mucousy spit up?? Or is it normal after the first time they have formula??