For those of you that have read my original post ( http://forums.llli.org/showthread.ph...-Breastfeeding ), you know that I've been in a lot of pain while breastfeeding with a latch that looks good. I took a picture and compared it to pictures online of a good latch and I think my baby's latch looks even better than those!
She is now 6 weeks and the pain and nipple damage is still there, when I developed my first bloody blister earlier in the week I decided it was time to go back to the hospital where she was born to see the LC again. I saw a different one this time (by the way I noticed they are all IBCLC) and she felt around in her mouth and then observed me breastfeeding. She couldn't believe the sight of my nipples and that I was still able to let the baby latch on! The latch looked good, but I told her it was pinching and when we removed baby the top of the nipple was pulled out. She brought in another LC to get a second opinion. Both are thinking it's something to do with the baby's mouth and not how I'm bringing her to the breast. Granted I haven't mastered the holds and how to bring her to the breast yet, but I would think that by now we would have gotten a little better at it. Anyway, they both mentioned the possibility of posterior tongue tie, same thing that was mentioned here as well as at a LLL meeting. Initially I thought she just needed to grow a bit more for my large nipples, but after several people saying tongue tie is a possibility and reading more about it, I think this may be what's going on. I read the main signs of it and a lot are there. She falls asleep at the breast, wakes up still hungry, clicking noises, nipple damage, etc...
I also thought nipple confusion was another possibility so I asked the LC if that may be the problem and she doesn't think so. We moved her lip a little and can see her tongue over her gums while nursing, but I can feel her moving it back and forth sometimes, it's like sandpaper rubbing on my nipple. I don't know if she's treating my nipple like a bottle or if she is having issues related to tongue tie. Any thoughts on that?
I made an appointment to see an ENT that is well known for treating tongue tie in babies. In the meantime I wanted to see if anyone on here had personal experience dealing with tongue tie (posterior tongue tie in particular) and can give me some tips on how to deal with this. If she does have it, should I get it cut (he uses a laser)? I can see the benefits of it, yet I worry about her ending up with a tongue like Gene Simmons! I noticed that the frenulum goes all the way down to her gums on her upper lip, but she typically doesn't have a problem with flanging out her lips.
I hear that some people notice immediate relief after getting the tongue tie cut and others didn't notice a difference. As much as I don't want her to have this issue or have her tongue cut, I'm hoping this is the problem so we can fix it and have a positive experience breastfeeding.
I've been trying to tweak how I bring her to the breast these past few days and I have been able to get latches that feel better, but so far none have been completely pain free. There's always some level of tenderness, not to mention her tongue rubbing on the nipple... which is very uncomfortable. If she doesn't have it, I'm not sure what to do from here. I feel like I've explored all options at this point.