December 5th, 2014, 11:56 AM
I'm hoping I can get some tips and pointers. My daughter, 3 weeks old, had a Frenectomy on her upper lip and under her tongue 5 days after birth. She was tongue tied, and we elected to have a Frenectomy to help with breastfeeding, and to prevent future speech problems.
In the hospital, before the Frenectomy, she destroyed my nipples. They were cracked and bleeding, impossible to breastfeed her. After the Frenectomy, there has been a significant difference, however, she is still chewing on my nipples as she feeds.
I've reached out to 2 different LC's, and they have both said that her latch looks great. I've learned to listen for the swallowing sound that she makes when she feeds, which indicates that she is not chewing, but I've been told that when she starts chewing, to delatch her and either switch sides or to bottle feed her. My LC has told me that it's not worth my pain to keep going, and to let myself heal and to supplement her with expressed milk, or formula.
Does anyone have experience with this? I know she is still in the learning phase after the Frenectomy, but I break down crying almost every time I have to feed her because she is chewing so much. I feel guilty when I have to give her a bottle, especially because my milk supply is now where it should be (a whole other topic).