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  1. #11
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    We had problems with our little guy gaining weight in the first five weeks. He lost an oz here and there but never any large losses, but he also never really gained. After the third week of no gain I started pumping after feeding him and my mother would top him off with the pumped milk (usually around an oz). After doing that for a week he gained about 9oz is 6 days, and my supply was also increased. We then laid off doing that and he went back to no weight gain. Around that time I also had been seeing an IBCLC for latch issues and she actually diagnosed him with posterior tongue tie based on signs while he was feeding (gulping, clicking, nipples that would not heal despite seemingly good latch, not opening mouth wide, etc).

    My ped had declared that he was not tongue tied, but I decided, based on the LC's advise, to go directly to an ENT specialist. He said within seconds of opening my son's mouth "Oh yeah, that's a tie." He told me that my son would probably be ok without clipping it, but down the line he could have speech problems. So I decided to have it clipped and seriously, after that we have never had any problems since. He started gaining, and has stayed on the 15% curve ever since. Do you have the ability with your insurance to go to an ENT directly, without referral? It might be worth the co-pay to just get that checked out. And, as an aside, my son didn't even cry when the tie was clipped, which was great because I was scared it would hurt him.

  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mskalinin View Post
    We had problems with our little guy gaining weight in the first five weeks. He lost an oz here and there but never any large losses, but he also never really gained. After the third week of no gain I started pumping after feeding him and my mother would top him off with the pumped milk (usually around an oz). After doing that for a week he gained about 9oz is 6 days, and my supply was also increased. We then laid off doing that and he went back to no weight gain. Around that time I also had been seeing an IBCLC for latch issues and she actually diagnosed him with posterior tongue tie based on signs while he was feeding (gulping, clicking, nipples that would not heal despite seemingly good latch, not opening mouth wide, etc).
    What's a posterior tongue tie? We had someone look at the "frenulum" under his tongue, and she said it looked all normal? Although our LO always has his tongue out, satiated or not. If he's full, his tongue will just kind of sit in between his lips. If he's hungry, he sticks his tongue WAYYYY out.

  3. #13
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    I am not totally sure, even now, what it means but I think it is more about vertical movement of the tongue rather than being able to stick the tongue out. My son couldn't reach the roof of his mouth with his tongue but he could stick it out. But from what you said about how much your son took after 30 minutes of feeding it doesn't really sound like he has an issue transferring the milk, which is what I think my son's problem was.

    I'm inclined to agree with the PP's and say that if your son seems alert and has the correct amount of pee and poo then maybe he just has a fast metabolism and is a small baby! I hope things start getting less stressful soon. I remember how stressed we were about his weight gain in the beginning (he had jaundice, too, poor little guy).

  4. #14
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    Stories like PP's are ones that make me go when people say I had my baby's tongue checked and the ped says it is OK, but baby is taking forever, or mom is sore, or something just isn't right. Because i have heard that same story so many times. Something to consider having rechecked if baby has lost weight at his next check.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
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    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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