Hi! I have a four week old little guy. He wasn't a preemie, but there were some complicatons with his birth and he spent the first eight days of his life in the NICU. I began breastfeeding him on the fifth day. He is tongue-tied, so the LC immediately gave me a nipple shield to use. It was a bit challenging to get him to latch after his experiences (he was on a ventilator and tube-fed), but we made a go of it. I have been EBF since then. His weight gain has been very poor, so - per the recommendation of an LC - I began pumping a week ago in addition to breastfeeding and giving him the extra I pump out - which isn't very much. I'm only able to give him an extra 3 oz or so every day. I just ordered some moringa with the hope of increasing my supply.
When I was given the nipple shield, I knew nothing about it, so I went along with everything the LC said. I hate it for a multitude of reasons, but recently my little guy has begun sucking so hard that it's pulling my nipple through the holes in the shield - oh the pain! That's not what is supposed to happen, is it? Sometimes I am able to get him to latch without the shield, but his tongue-tie makes that just as painful. My nipple is always flattened when he detaches, no matter how hard I work on the latch.
The doc in the NICU refused to clip his tongue, and I was fine with that because I had no idea how it would affect the breastfeeding. Now two different LC's have told me that we must get it clipped and I'm (almost desperately) looking for someone willing to clip it, but am finding it way more difficult than I imagined. We've been seeing a family practice doc for my son, and the doc seems extremely out of touch with infant care. He said we need to wait until he's older to have him clipped. I'm going to have my son switched to a pediatrician, but I have to wait until his paperwork goes through. Then - I hope - I can get a referral to an ENT clinic.
In the meantime, I feel like I'm never able to give him enough to eat, and I'm never able to pump enough, and I'm frequently in excruciating pain. It's taking everything within me not to throw in the towel!
If you made it through this whole post - thank you! Any thoughts would be welcome.