Today, 06:30 AM
My little girl, 3.5 months, has never been able to breastfeed sustainably by herself. She had a posterior TT, high palate, recessed jaw, small chin and heart murmur.
Since she was 3 weeks old, we have been in a cycle of nursing, pumping, feeding ebm by bottle or cup. Her suck seems to be the main problem - it is highly disorganised and she seems to hump with her tongue or chomp with her jaws more than proper sucking (we've tried an sns which doesn't work too well for this reason).
Several times I've stopped pumping for a few days and stopped supplementing and she does well on the oversupply with great heavy nappies etc, but as my supply diminishes/ regulates, nappies get lighter/ she starts taking top ups again. It's like she can take what's readily available but can't maintain a decent supply. She doesn't seem to empty the breast.
Has anyone else experienced this? Did it get better? An LLL friend suggested she may have a residual tongue tie which may explain her poor suck and inability to use her tongue correctly still (still a lot of clicking, choking on bottles which she finds stressful etc.) She's been seeing an osteopath which is freeing up some compression but not making much difference to her tongue function/ breastfeeding ability.
I would love to be able to stop pumping (I am still nursing my toddler as well and this quadruple feeding is wearing me down) and get to exclusive breastfeeding, but I'm running out of hope and feeling increasingly down.