My son was born with severe tongue-tie. We had it clipped after I went through 3 different lactation consultants, and the last one discovered that he had tongue tie. He had it clipped at a week old. The latch didn't get any better, even though the doctor said it would be an instant difference. I've been having to use a nipple shield because he blistered both of my nipples. I have tried everything to get him to latch on without the nipple shield, because that thing is so darn difficult to put on, especially when you're sleep deprived in the middle of the night. Has anyone gone through this and had success, and what did you do differently?
He also falls asleep at the breast and usually feeds for about 1-1 1/2 hours at a time, so I have been pumping as well.
I usually strip him down to his diaper, stroke his face, tickle his tummy and feet, and nothing seems to wake him up.