May 15th, 2015, 08:19 PM
Hi, I apologize in advance for a long and hefty story, but I would really appreciate anyone reading on and giving me any type of advice...thanks!
I'm a second time mom with hypothyroid (diagnosed well before first pregnancy) and taking synthroid. With my first son, he had tongue tie and breast milk did not come in fully until we got his tongue clipped at 10 days, and had to supplement an avg of one feeding a day but otherwise, breastfed on demand. By one month, I was able to pump 4-5oz. After that, I don't think we had much issues with supply. I do remember being engorged and my breasts were like melons the first few months.
Now, I have a newborn turned one month today, and the lactation consultant at the hospital said he has a slight tongue tie, but not so bad that he needs a clipping. I agreed as he was able to latch on with some help, and it's gotten a lot better. I feel he is able to suck much better than his brother did.
I'm still breastfeeding on demand and literally, he's on my breast every hour for an avg of 40mins to 1hr. Most of that time though, he's just suckling, and not really sucking, and falling asleep. The actual time he's vigorously sucking is probably about 3 minutes on my left and 5-7 minutes on my right. I keep him on though, because I'm afraid I don't have a lot of milk and the little that he gets from suckling will keep him more satisfied. He'll sleep for 15-30 minutes, and we'll repeat that cycle a few times a day. (He only sleeps a 2 1/2- 3...