Re: Tongue tie and supply issues 10 day
Welcome, mama, and congratulations on the new baby! I am sorry nursing him has been such a battle so far. But please don't feel alone- many of us have been in your shoes and gone on to breastfeed and bond successfully. Believe me when I say that the bond will come whether you can exclusively breastfeed or not. I know breastfeeding gets marketed as this amazing bonding experience- and it is that for some moms. But for others, breastfeeding is like going to war- it's hard, it's scary, even painful- but it produces an unshakeable bond anyway.
I think the first thing you do should be to see a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC. It sounds like you have 3 issues: first, your baby's latch sounds like it is a bit shallow (which is why your nipple is misshapen when it comes out of baby's mouth), second, it sounds like your baby is having issues with sucking and breastfeeding as opposed to simply latching on despite the frenulectomy, and third, it sounds like you might need some help with troubleshooting your pumping routine. 50-60 ml (around 2 oz) of output is actually quite normal for a new mom, but 30-40 ml (around 1 oz) is on the low side.
Things to consider when troubleshooting pumping:
- breast shields- are they properly fitted?
- pump brand- not an issue for you since you're using a Symphony
- pump intensity- are you turning the suction up high enough?
- pump frequency- when trying to increase or maintain supply, you want to aim to pump very frequently. For me that mevery pumping every 2 hours during the day and probably every 3 at night, and always pumping after nursing. It's a hard routine to keep up but it works!
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