My one month old... Are these issues that I can resolve or that he just has to outgrow?
My son is a month old and has been ebf from day one. I had a little pain in the beginning as he learned to latch and my nipples adjusted, but otherwise he's been great! Lots and lots of dirty and wets and plenty of weight gain so far.
The biggest thing that concerns me is he seems really gassy, but unable to pass it easily like he could while he was still passing meconium and only getting colostrum. It seems like he starts the day out feeling okay, but as the day wears on he starts getting more and more fussy until we have a 2-4 hour stretch of almost non-stop crying in the late evening/midnight. During that 2-4 hour stretch he will eat the first time very well, but after being burped and falling asleep for a minute or two he wake up upset. Then I try to get him to latch and he will, but only for a few seconds before he pulls off or he will fall asleep and drop the breast and we start the latch and unlatch routine like that for the rest of the 2-4 hours while crying. I burp him after he comes off the breast on his own, then put him back to the breast, burp again when he comes off, then switch breasts, burp when he comes off, then put him back on until he comes off. During the day he usually stays awake for all, but if he falls asleep I let him sleep then burp him when he wakes. He's very hard to burp unless he gets a lot of milk at once(like in the mornings or after a missed nursing session), and he hardly ever seems to pass gas anymore unless he poops. I've tried gas drops in the evening when the crying gets frustrating for me, but it doesn't seem to do much for him. I also try to rub his belly(which seems to hurt him!), and I place him over my leg and support his head while patting his bum, and I burp him as much as he will allow as he arches back a lot. I thought about trying to find gripe water to see if that does more for him, but I'm not sure as I've never used it before. Would you ladies chalk this up to growth spurt or colic? Or does it seem as if there's more to it(gassy/or other issues)? He also seems to lose suction a lot at the corners of his mouth which I know can lead to more air swallows... Is there anything I can do to help him not lose suction as it seems to happen 2+ times every time he nurses?
Also, he seems to get frustrated with my nipples... They seem to go soft and he has a hard time finding them to latch after he's "emptied" my breasts. I never had that problem with my other nurslings, so I'm not sure it's normal. I know it's normal for them to soften up if they start to comfort nurse, but it seems to happen when he's still actively nursing nutritively if he comes off to be burped.