kkal4 · you!
Posted 1 hour ago I have a 13 1/2 week old little girl and we have been struggling with breastfeeding from the start. Initially she had a shallow latch that I worked with multiple LC's to correct. The 5 th one finally realized that she was tongue-tied and we had that clipped at about 5 weeks. By this point I was already seriously damaged and in pain every time we nursed. I took advil around the clock to make it even tolerable.
We then battled thrush and we treated with diflucan and gentian violet. Once that was gone and things didn't improve, I started to have pus coming out of my worse side. I went to another BF'ing medicine doc and was put on antibiotics and antibotic ointment. I have used APNO, lanolin by the bucketfull, and air dried with minimal benefit. Finally 2 weeks ago I began exclusively pumping and have finally seen some healing.
I have tried putting her to the breast twice in the last week. She latched on great and both times it was a lot less painful due to the healing. Unfortunately, it still feels like sandpaper when she sucks and I know that she is still doing damage. 6 LC's 's have looked at her latch and feel that it isn't the problem but more that she is doing something abnormal with her tongue that is causing the problem, possibly due to the delayed tongue-tie clipping.
Is there anything I can do to teach her to suck differently or use her tongue differently? Does occupational therapy do any good? Anything else?
I really want to nurse her directly but can't do it with open sores on my nipples continuously. I am planning on mostly pumping for now but putting her to the breast once or twice a week so hopefully she mantains her latch while also signaling appropriate changes in my milk to tailor to her needs.
I am so frustrated after struggling for the last 3 months. I will continue to EP is that is what I have to do but I am hoping that I will be at least able to nurse her part time. I work full-time so it would only be evenings/weekends anyways. Even if I can't fix her tongue I am hoping that once I am healed I might be able to nurse her some of the time without getting too damaged.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks