I have a 5 week old who LOVES to eat. However, he is a bit of a "fussy nurser". 50% of the time, typically during daylight hours, he latches on great and has no problem The other 50% of the time he seems agitated, his hands flail and get in the way, and he can't seem to stay latched. Either his hands bump him off (I tend to swaddle him beforehand now) or he just pulls himself off, almost like it is uncomfortable to him. I wonder if my milk is letting down too forcefully? And, like I said before, it seems like this happens more at night. And my breasts are more full at night as well, which may be a problem.
So, I have thought about pumping a couple of times per day to get a bottle supply for the 4+ feedings he does from bedtime to morning. Has anyone done this or had a similar problem? Are there benefits/problems with this strategy? I just want mealtime to always be peaceful and comfortable for him and he's taken my breast milk from a bottle a few times from my husband and did a great job with it. Doesn't seem to have the issue he has at my breast.
I should also mention he's a big spitter-upper. I have to burp him for at least 30 minutes after a feeding to make sure he's got all the "gunk" out of him so he can be comfortable. His older sister (almost 3) was a big spitter too, but didn't have a problem with nursing at all after the initial first couple of weeks. I nursed her for 2 years and was hoping to go the same distance with my son, but it seems like he's miserable with it half of the time!
Any thoughts would be appreciated.