New to LLL, excited to be here!
A little background: My daughter is almost 5 months. We had a lot of difficulty with weight gain in the beginning, so at 2 weeks the pedi told us to stop trying to breastfeed for a week, give her pumped milk in a bottle, and supplement with formula. Stupid me, I listened, and she developed nipple confusion. I had a c-section and during recovery couldn't go anywhere without help, so didn't get the help I needed. In my attempts to get her to breastfeed again, I accidentally gave her nipple aversion (I was stressed and cried a lot during the attempts. The pain meds didn't help). I found out at 3 mos. that she also has a posterior tongue tie, which probably was the source of the problem in the first place and surely didn't help trying to get her back to the breast when breastfeeding was so challenging for her!
Here we are, 5 mos later, and I'm still trying, and still heartbroken. I've tried EVERYTHING, literally, except having her tongue clipped because her father is against it. She's most willing to latch at home with a nipple shield and SNS, but she can't latch well with the nipple shield and it keeps popping out of her mouth. The funny thing is, when the local LC (in her volunteer capacity) helped her latch a couple of weeks ago without the shield, she latched just fine! She wouldn't stay on long, though.
I believe my best chance of getting her to BF is with an LC. I've been to LLL meetings obviously, and had the local WIC BFing peer counselor try to help, all to no avail. Medicaid in my state won't cover lactation consultations. I've had one consult, but that's all I can afford. The volunteer LC won't help any more, she wants me to go in for a consultation so she can get paid (perfectly understandable!). Any suggestions on ways to get help from an LC or any other professional, other than what I've tried? I know my daughter would be much happier breastfeeding, she tries to treat the bottle like a breast, and it's making her overweight!