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    Default Re: 8 weeks, losing hope. Lazy,late nurser with TT, low milk

    You know, I just contacted an LLL leader here in town and I have to say, the city where I live is convinced that there is a procedure or specialty person that can help with any breastfeeding problem. It seems like at some point I just have to work with my baby to sort this out -- I feel like the last thing I need is another appointment with a specialist. The wonderful, kind woman I just spoke to gave me the same suggestions that everyone in this city has given me, which is tongue tie release, SNS (a great idea in theory, but talk about frustration! Whoever invented that system is sadistic. Seriously.) physical therapy, craniosacral therapy, Osteopathic bodywork, etc. I just feel like that path hasn't really improved the situation one bit! And all the appointments are cutting into my breastfeeding time! At least they do get me out of the house.

    Anyhow, thank you for listening to that rant. I appreciate (again) your responses because they seem to address the ins and outs of breastfeeding on a daily basis, which is what it's really all about. I am still really struggling with her (and my) dependence on the bottle and slow transfer, but I seriously doubt that more poking around in her mouth is going to help the situation.

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    Default Re: 8 weeks, losing hope. Lazy,late nurser with TT, low milk

    Ranting always welcome!

    I imagine it is very frustrating to be sent to specialist after specialist without improvement. But your situation is a bit outside the norm, which is why I think these are being suggested to you so much. From what you have described, your baby had tongue tie, it was corrected, and yet milk transfer apparently continues to be a problem because feedings are too long, baby cannot get enough at the breast, and you thus have to keep pumping and supplementing. In these types of situations, alternative therapies do seem to help some babies and mothers; however, I am not aware that there are any studies or ‘proof.’ I do know very good lactation consultants who I trust who suggest alternative therapies to mothers in certain situations. These therapies do not typically involve anyone poking in baby's mouth, as far as I know. They involve musculature and skeletal adjustments. But I don't know the details.

    It is certainly true that the SNS can be a very frustrating tool. The same can be (and is) said about nipple shields, pumps, galactagogues, nursing pillows, etc. They work well for some nursing pairs-some mothers could not nurse without them- and they do not work at all well for others.

    You keep getting the same suggestions because these are the suggestions. There is no magic bullet (unfortunately!) Making breastfeeding 'work' is really pretty simple. Mom needs to make enough milk and baby needs to be able to get it out. If either of these is not working as well as it should, interventions of one kind or another are needed. What interventions work best in a particular situation is going to be very individual.

    Your milk production appears to be pretty good, and it sounded from your earlier post as if latch is improving. So I agree with you that at this point, it does make sense to keep working at it with baby, as things seem to be improving. Improvement may be slow, but I suggest, try to take note of any improvement you see to help you stay motivated.

    You have been working so hard. For some moms, taking things one day at a time works best. Other moms like to set a 'goal,' such as- 'I will keep trying until baby is this age' or whatever.

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    Default Re: 8 weeks, losing hope. Lazy,late nurser with TT, low milk

    Thanks for your insight. It does seem like there are a concrete number of solutions and I think at this point I have heard them all. I don't know what sort of ancient breastfeeding Dead Sea scrolls I think are hidden out there, but I guess I just figured there would be more behavioral things to try. I think the fact that breastfeeding is so simple is why I feel so determined to make it work. It seems like there should be a way to just relax and let it happen. But, as you say, our situation is more complicated as there is a kink on the system somewhere.

    I guess taking it one day at a time is a good approach. I can try a slightly different position or timing each day and might learn something as time passes. I got my pump rental renewed through July so that is the longest I see myself going. If I make it to then I will be amazed! But if I don't, I won't beat myself up about it either. Still, it's only 6 months of life. And it is so good for my daughter. Maybe things will slowly get better as she gets bigger. Maybe I will give the sns another try one day, who knows. And I suppose the bodywork options could wait until I have the energy for more appointments. I know that they are out there at least.

    This thread has been helpful. May I ask where you are based?

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    Hi there, I just wanted to check in again to let you know that at almost 5 months we are still breastfeeding. Slowly, over a period of weeks after this conversation, we reduced the bottles and now I exclusively breastfeed, except while I am at work -- then she takes bottles of milk I pump at work. I just can't believe we made it. Looking back, we were so close by the time I wrote, but after all I had been through I couldn't see that. So thank you for pointing it out, and for your support. It was the support of you and other breastfeeding moms that made the difference for me. Thank you!

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    Thanks for checking in! How awesome to hear that you made it past the initial hurdles! Well done, mama.
    Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
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    Default Re: 8 weeks, losing hope. Lazy,late nurser with TT, low milk

    So glad to hear that things turned out well...hopefully your success will give hope to other struggling mamas

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