Hello, I am new here and so glad I found this forum.
I am having an issue with BF my 12 week DS. He has been EBF since birth and we have been getting along great until recently. Suddenly DS is only nursing between 4-6 minutes on one side and refusing to take the other breast.
Before this he was nursing somewhere between 6-8 minutes each side for a total of 16 (sometimes more) minutes in one nursing session.
He is showing signs of teething and at first I was thinking maybe he is rejecting me because of his gums being in pain. But I don't know for sure and I am worried and sad about this. It started last week and has continued into the weekend. He will nurse and pull off and start sucking on his hands. I try to put him back onto the breast and he starts to fight me and starts crying. So I give him a few minutes to calm down and try again. He takes it eagerly but then spits it out and starts to cry and chew on his hands. This goes on and on. When I leave him to calm down. He is happy, playing, cooing. His diaper output last week was great. 5 wet, not soaking wet but pretty wet diapers and 1 poop diaper everyday.
I can get him to nurse really well and for a long period of time right before his bedtime (about 9:30-10pm). He wakes up 2x at night and both of those times he will nurse for about 6-7 minutes and go right back to sleep.
Today against my better judgment I gave him a 2oz bottle of EBM. He gulped it down. He has just nursed for 6 min before that but was still showing signs of being hungry. After he had the bottle I put him back on my breast and he nursed for maybe a min more and then fell into a nap.
Nothing has changed with out routine, he doesn't have any illness other than teething pain. My supply is fine. I have to pump regularly now due to the lack of nursing and me being engorged.
This is my first time breastfeeding. I didn't with my oldest and regretted it. I have no outside help as I don't have many friends or family that BF. I am confused and worried about my boy. I don't want to stop nursing. Please help if you can. Thank you.