July 1st, 2015, 03:41 PM
LO was born was low blood sugar, and they immediately took him to the NICU. They allowed me to BF, but also made us supplement with formula to make sure his blood sugar would go up. They also gave him a pacifier. He was there for 3 days. This might not be important to my issue, but I thought it was worth including just in case.
He had a painful shallow latch ("lipstick nipples") the entire time I was in the hospital, but being a first time mom, I didn't really know what I was feeling wasn't normal. LO continues to have a shallow latch and creates sore nipples as he flicks his tongue against them. Since bringing him home, I've gone to two BF support groups sponsored by the hospital. The first time I went to the BF support group, the two LC's basically just told me that I needed to "ride it out," that the latch looked great and it would feel better eventually (ugh!). I couldn't accept this answer and did my own research, landing on tongue tie. I asked the pediatrician at the next appointment, who confirmed my suspicions, and referred me to an ENT doctor to preform the frenulotomy for tongue tie.
So, with that back story, my question is... how long after a frenulotomy can I expect LO's latch to improve? It's been a week, and it's still as painful as it was before the procedure. I did some more research today and discovered more mouth/tongue exercises to do with him, which we've done twice today. I feel like I'm at my breaking point though - I don't know how...