My son is 8 weeks old and BFing is going pretty well (I have OS and OALD) and he's gaining really well and has lots of dirty/wet diapers but he is very fussy (as least compared to how my older son was when he was a newborn). I always had an issue with my first son where he would want to comfort nurse but couldn't because he would always get milk - he never took a pacifier and eventually learned to suck his thumb around 6 months.
The same seems to be happening with baby now except if he's fussing and I offer the breast when it's not "time" to eat, he freaks out. Screaming, inconsolable for 10 minutes or more even if he was calm before I offered. This behaviour seems really unusual to me and I can't understand why he's freaking out like that just from being offered the breast (he doesn't even attempt to latch). This can go on and on and on (sometimes me offering as many as 6 or 7 times - every 15 mins or so while he's fussing) and then one time he'll just latch and eat like normal. I keep offering because I know that eventually his fussing will be because he actually wants to eat but I have no idea how to tell or how to avoid offering when he doesn't want it.
Nursing was a natural soothing technique with my first son so I'm completely lost now on what to do. Should I stick to a strict feeding schedule? I nursed on demand the first time...but can't seem to determine when he's demanding it vs. fussing for some other reason this time. Any advice is appreciated.