Hi! First post here and hoping I might be able to get some opinions or insight.
Little girl is almost 6 weeks old (born July 14) and had a bit of a rough start- she was born with a pretty severe tongue tie, which was fixed at 3 weeks. Prior to her tongue tie snip, she lost about 11% of her birth weight. She was born @ 7lb 2oz- her weight pattern is as follows:
birth (7/14): 7lb2oz (hospital scale, no IV fluids)
7/27: 6lb 14oz
8/2: 6lb 15oz (tongue tie fixed 8/3)
8/6: 7lb 2oz
8/20: 7lb 11oz (taken on a different scale)
I'm a little bit worried for a few reasons....
1) I had a breast reduction in 2005 so am worried that there could be some damage done from that
2) she seems to have some fussy eating habits. When her tongue tie was still intact, she would try to latch, then since she was unable to maintain the latch she would slip down basically onto the nipple only and try to suck there. She would frequently pull off and trash/bob her head and generally wrestle around and seem frustrated.
after the tongue tie was fixed, this seemed to get better. however she still frequently pulls off and fusses at the breast. She will also sometimes latch and just sit there, or only superficially suck- at times it appears as if she has a good suck pattern;I can see her jaw working, ears wiggling etc, but I can't hear her swallow. Each feeding generally starts with a period of good latch and sucking/swallowing, only to be followed by fussing, pulling off, superficial sucking and falling asleep. I thought this might have been because of a supply issue on my part, but when she pulls off I can easily squeeze out a fair amount. However, when I pump I can never seem to get more than about an ounce, or maybe a tad bit more (though I know pumping isn't always a great indicator of supply). Maybe it's a flow issue? I'm not sure.
I'm wondering if I ought to be worried by her slow weight gain post-tongue tie (our dr's don't seem to be too worried, but we're monitoring it closely) and if her nursing habits may be indicative of a larger problem or are just her being a fussy baby.
Thoughts? Any help would be appreciated!