Sorry for the multiple posts. I just keep stumbling on things that could be hindering our success with breastfeeding, and they don't seem as though they're related at all. lol
I have had issues breastfeeding all of my children. I've never been able to get a good latch. I had heard of tongue tie, and had all of them checked for it, and they were all fine in that regards.
Someone mentioned lip tie to me yesterday, which I had never heard of, but they all have it! My husband had a huge gap in his front teeth because of his lip tie, which he didn't correct until he was 18 years old. My boys all have the same gap. My newest little one is three and half weeks old (and clearly has the upper lip tie as well), and I am still struggling to get a good latch.
At this point, I am almost exclusively pumping. I am trying to feed him with the SNS, but he has a difficult time extracting the milk from that as well. Could the lip tie e hindering his ability to latch correctly?
He doesn't open his mouth very wide at all, and I have very large nipples. Our latch is very shallow, and my nipples come out looking like lipsticks, and he is barely transferring any milk (at least according to the one pre and post weight check I've had done). He's gotten to the point where he cries if I try to breastfeed him because he's so frustrated that he can't get the milk out.