February 27th, 2017, 08:55 AM
Hi, I'm a first time Mom, and have had a rocky start to breastfeeding with my daughter. Her latch was very painful from the start, and by day 4 my nipples were cracked and bleeding. I saw an IBCLC, who noticed that she had a severe tongue and lip tie, and, when we weighed her before and after feeding, actually wasn't transferring any milk. I saw a pediatric dentist, who corrected both ties, at 9 days old. In the meantime, I was exclusively pumping and feeding her with a SNS tube on my finger, which she was able to suck. For the first few days, since she hadn't actually been removing any milk up to that point, I was still only producing colostrum, and not enough. So, for about 3-4 days, we had to supplement with formula, before my supply finally increased (around day 8 or so).
I worked with the IBCLC on her latch after the tongue tie revision, and it took her about 3-4 days to really get a good one that didn't hurt, and where she was transferring well. I've since been going to breastfeeding support groups weekly, where I can continue to weigh her before and after feeds to make sure she's taking in enough, and for the last little over a week we've been exclusively breast feeding, no more supplementation.
Now, however, we're seeming to have the opposite problem, in that I think I may have a strong let down and she's getting too much at once. Almost every time she latches on my left side, after sucking for a few moments, she pops off and chokes, coughs, and gasps for...