We have been having difficulties since birth trying to breastfeed. I have actually seen two lactation consultants in my home without a lot of improvement, some but not enough to facilitate the enjoyable breastfeeding experience. The last had thought that maybe my baby has a type 3 tongue tie which is very hard to spot. She only really sucks on the nipple and no matter what position I try or how I give it to her or let her latch herself she will not take more than the nipple. She also spits up after almost every feed and has milk pooled in her mouth. Which both the LC and pediatrician said isn't a problem.
However, she went from 5lb 6oz to 6 lb 13oz in 13 days. I have all of the symptoms of a baby with a partial tongue tie EXCEPT poor weight gain.
Symptoms of partial
tongue-tie in breastfed infants
• Nipple pain and damage
• Misshapen nipple after
• Compression/stripe mark
on the nipple after
• Loss of suction while
• Clicking sound while
• Failure to gain weight
Infant symptoms and signs include:
poor latch and suck
clicking sound while nursing (poor
ineffective milk transfer
inadequate weight gain or weight loss
irritability or colic
fussiness and frequent arching away
from the breast
fatigue within one to two minutes of
beginning to nurse
difficulty establishing suction to
maintain a deep grasp on the breast
gradual sliding off the breast
“chewing” of the nipple
falling asleep at the breast having
taken less than an optimal feed, as
proven by “test weight” on a digital
scale (experience of authors)
I took her to her regular pediatrician who said there was nothing wrong and everything is normal then gave me very crappy breastfeeding advice (ie. there's no milk left after 15 minutes, they refill every hour and to pump after feeding to help with my nipple pain/soreness). The LC wanted me to see a specialist who is unfortunately unavailable until august. I really want to get this corrected ASAP. My husband thinks I am being a hypochondriac and am trying to find a problem where there isn't one.
Does anybody else have experience with this? Am I crazy? If the baby is gaining weight should I just bite down on a towel and suffer the pain? I really want to breastfeed her but it's been almost 4 weeks and I am dreading each session and not looking forward to my "bonding" time.