March 2nd, 2014, 09:24 AM
I am going to give the quick version here, and then the longer story, because I think the details will be helpful to know for anyone who has advice. Thanks in advance! The short story is, my baby is 8 weeks old, and in the past 2 weeks has seemed to develop a latching problem. He latches on fine, although I often assist him with the sandwich technique. It doesn't hurt at all while he's nursing. His mouth opens very wide. I sometimes have to flip his lower lip out. But when he's done, my nipple has the lipstick shape. Read on for the back story.
Had an all natural childbirth, immediate skin to skin, and he latched well in the hospital. Around week 2 we learned he was not gaining enough weight. He was nursing constantly, but often falling asleep at the breast. Had a LC come over, and started a nursing, pumping, supplementing regimen to give him energy and get supply up. He started gaining steadily, and has been ever since. We're still not totally sure what caused the initial problem (sort of a chicken or the egg question), if it was my supply or him not able to nurse effectively. LC suggested possible tongue tie. We had it clipped right away (around 2.5 weeks), along with upper lip. The ENT actually said he was not technically tongue-tied, but that the frenulum combined with his overbite were preventing him from opening wide enough. We did the exercises, continued with the regimen and all seemed good.
By his 5 week appointment at pediatrician, he had...