So I am flummoxed and frustrated. My little guy will sometimes have nice, quiet nursing sessions, but more frequently he'll nurse for 3-5 minutes, then pull off. I'll burp him, get a big burp, and then he'll start crying. Sometimes he'll have spitup, too. Then I'll put him back on the breast, he'll latch on eagerly, suck a minute, then cry some more. Every time I try to burp him he'll just cry and spitup.
He does a lot of holding his breath and grunting during and after nursing at these times. He gets really upset and pushes away from the breast with his arms while he's reaching for it with his mouth. He kicks his legs and hunches forward. It takes him a long time to calm down - often the pacifier will help while offering him my breast just makes it worse. He won't relax. He'll spitup for up to an hour afterwards.
I know I have some issues with OALD - because sometimes when he pulls off (or when I pull him off to check) I spray milk in his face. Today I've been nursing off one breast for three feedings in a row - the second feeding was quiet, but the third one was all of the above.
So I'm wondering if it's more - could he have food sensitivities, like dairy, too? But if that's the case, then wouldn't he have pain and discomfort at every feeding instead of just some of them? Also, my husband gives him a bottle once a day or so, and he doesn't have any tension issues then. He relaxes pretty well and doesn't spit up that much. So that would seem to tell me it's a let-down issue and not a food sensitivity issue.
I feel like if I could just get him to relax, mentally and physically, that he'd be less uncomfortable, but I have no idea how to do that. I'm afraid it's just getting worse and he won't want to nurse. Help???!!!???