Emily - posted on 08/29/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )
My son is 6 weeks old. He is not exclusively breastfed; I give him 6-8 oz. formula each day (2 feedings) so that I can save some pumped breastmilk for relief bottles and to freeze for instances where I will be gone or can't bf (i.e., during church).
Aside from the formula, he gets 2 bottles of expressed breastmilk each day--one from his dad when his dad gets home from work, and 1 overnight, around 3-4 A.M., which I pump and then feed him immediately. I do this because otherwise he will bf for 5 min, fall asleep for 20 min, bf for 5 more min, etc. I pump it so that he will drink enough to fill him up before he goes to sleep.
We have been following this routine for 2-3 weeks. A couple of days ago, he suddenly started fussing during his bottle feedings. He will act as though he is ravenously hungry, suck from the bottle for about 15 seconds, and then scream and look at me as if I've just fed him brass tacks. After we struggle through 3 ounces, he will begin to cry uncontrollably and pump his legs up and down; I change his position until he gets fussy again, then roll him onto his stomach, repeat, repeat. I don't believe the formula is the problem, because he fusses just as much after being fed expressed breast milk as formula. This leads me to believe that the bottle is the issue, that it is filling him with gas--which still doesn't make sense because we have been using the same bottles all this time, and he was doing fine up until this point. Note: He feeds at the breast perfectly fine, in small, frequent feedings throughout the day.
Anyone have an issue similar to this or have an idea of what could be going on?