Ok I need some extra brain power right now to come up with a solution
When I had an oversupply my son would nurse then go right to sleep, sometimes I would have to give him his paci so he would settle(but that was rare!). Once my supply evened out though, he stopped doing that and it has progressively gotten worse. It started with him sleeping 4-6 hours starting around 4 weeks old then every 2 hours(waking every 2 hours about twice during the morning before he was up for good) and going down without a fight. He would nurse to sleep or close to it and just conk out. Then he began waking up more frequently around 7 weeks old when my oversupply vanished(and began fussing more overall through the day), so he was waking about every 3-4 hours with 3-4 every 2 hours in the early morning. Then progressively it has been more like 3 hours for the first stretch, then 2 hours, 2 hours, and then every hour after that until I give up and wake up or just lay there awake the rest of the morning until my older two get up. I have been puttng him in his crib(just feet away from my bed) for the first stretch since he was 3 weeks and would no longer sleep in his rocker, and then I bring him to bed to attempt getting more sleep. But lately he is waking so often I can't even fall asleep good before he wakes again... Or he goes almost immediately back to sleep and does the comfort nurse(which keeps me up because it irritates me-not in a painful way) and then starts screaming when I take him off or if I move around to get comfy. It always seems to get worse around period time which makes us both cranky, because he fights nursing all day AND night at that point and then fights sleeping too... And my patience goes right out the window between the pain of my period and all this(not to mention the hormones- oh God the hormones).
I'm wondering if I should start trying to get him to sleep in his crib more or if I should work on getting him to go back to sleep without the boob first. Any ideas or input is welcomed. I can't do CIO... It would wake up my other kids and DH, and I just can't handle him crying like that lol. But I can't get him to sleep very often without the boob in his mouth, because NOTHING else will calm him if that's what he wants. The one time I have tried to get him to go back to sleep without it, he wined and fussed and screamed(without tears) and rolled around and kicked for almost an hour. Should I just keep doing that and sacrifice my sleep every time he wakes or try to let him nurse first and if he goes right to comfort nursing then do it?
He will be 6 months on the 13th. I have no idea how big he is since we have had issues getting his BC and haven't been able to see the doc. No solids yet other than a little taste here and there. No teeth or other symptoms of teething. I would say he makes plenty of wets everyday and poops about once a week, so I think he's getting enough. I'm just worried he's not sleeping enough since he really doesn't get more than 30-45 minuts naps about 3 times a day(his big brothers wake him up being loud).