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Something you might look into is GERD. Your son might have silent symptoms (that's what my 3rd baby's doc called it.... I don't know if that's an official term, or just made up!). My 3rd got all gassy and constipated acting at one point, and the doc said she might have GERD. Her problem wasn't actually GERD, and was fixed some other way, I can't remember exactly, and she was older. But I remember GERD being one of the potential diagnoses, and her symptoms were close to what you are describing.

How much is he eating when he feeds? Do you ever pump? Do you have a forceful flow? Is he your first?

My second also had similar symptoms as you described. She was always uncomfortable, she'd breast feed well for a day or two and then she'd just freak out when it came time to eat. Her doctor said she was colicky and to do the elimination diet (taking out all the gassy foods, dairy, spicy foods from my diet). Then when that didn't work, the doctor still proclaimed my daughter to be colicky and said she needed the "special" formula (that crap that costs a gazillion dollars per can!). Well, she puked up the "special" formula within minutes of drinking it. The doctor put her on another type of "special" formula, with the same results. I was getting less impressed with the doctor by the minute! I finally went to the internet and started researching like crazy. It turns out, what my poor baby was suffering from was a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance!

You didn't mention explosive green frothy stools, but for my daughter, it wasn't until she was in her 4th month that those started happening. She was constipated, uncomfortable, fussy and gassy for her first 3 months. It was the green explosive frothy stools that happened in the 4th month that finally tipped us off.

At the time, I didn't know how to fix the problem, so we stopped breast feeding right then and there, put her on regular generic formula, and she was a different baby within just a couple of days. If I'd known then, what I know now, I would've kept breast feeding her, but I would've fixed how we were doing it, so that the imbalance would correct itself!

I'm not saying this is definitely the problem with your son, because his symptoms are pretty generic.... but I do think it's worth looking into. Hope this can help! It's not fun when our babies are so uncomfortable and we don't know why! I remember with my daughter, when it was supposed to be such a happy time (she was born just before Christmas, too!) it was just hell on everyone in the house! She just screamed all the time! I must confess, I wasn't terribly fond of the child at times.... don't get me wrong, I loved her to pieces, but there were those times, when I'd done everything in my power to make her happy, and she was just miserable in spite of my best efforts.... those were rough days.

She's 6 now, and I tell her about all the trouble she caused back in the day, and how there were times that I didn't even [I]like[/I] her (but I always follow that with how much I have always loved her)! She loves those stories! She thinks they're so funny, and the idea that there was a time when I didn't even [I]like[/I] her just strikes her as hilarious!

Funny how I remember the 2nd better than the 3rd! I guess because it was a much bigger and longer problem with #2 than #3 ended up being.

Whatever the answer is, I hope you find it soon! Hang in there, things will get better! :)

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