I'm a first time poster, and I apologize in advance for the length of this post. My little guy is 4 mo and is EBF. Breastfeeding has never been easy for us. He has never been able to maintain a good latch. Nursing was really painful for the first 4-5 weeks; it's better now, but still uncomfortable. He has two modes of eating with the same result. He usually will eat for only 2-5 minutes before pulling off and crying or screaming. He is still acting hungry, but I can't latch him back on. He'll open his mouth and I'll pull him in, but he will pull back from me. Sometimes I think he's going to launch himself off of my lap. Or he will latch on, suck once, pull off and repeat. It would be comical if it wasn't so frustrating! Lately he's been pulling back as soon as I lay him down in position. His other mode is where he will "eat" for a long time, like 40 minutes on one side. If I take him off, he will wake up and start rooting and putting his hands in his mouth and trying to latch back on.
At 10 weeks he was diagnosed with tongue tie and he had his tongue clipped. It's been almost 8 weeks since the procedure and we haven't noticed any improvements in his feeding. We've been to 4 lactation consultants, an OT, an SLP, and a chiropractor. No one has been able to help. He sucks his bottom lip in while nursing and will just slide down the nipple. My nipple always is misshapen after he nurses. When we've seen the LCs, he only takes in about an ounce at a feeding. He has good weight gain because I feed him so frequently!
I also think I have an oversupply issue. I've tried different position and block feeding for four hours with no improvement. He is still fussy when eating. He has been on Zantac and Prevacid with no difference.
He also has very mucousy stools. He had that for at least three months. He has also had about 7 diapers that have had a teensy amount of blood. I've been on a dairy free diet for about two and a half weeks and have been wheat free for about four days.
This past weekend we tried having me pump and feed him exclusively from a bottle to see if that was easier for him. He still has trouble. He'll eat a little bit and then fuss.
It's really hard having these feedings be so stressful for him. I'm running out of options and don't know what to do. I spend my whole day feeding him (ounce by ounce, apparently). It would be okay if he was content after the little feeds, but he is not, he's frustrated. Any thoughts would be welcome. Thanks so much!