I'm trying to decide what to do (if anything) about my 3.5 week old daughter's poor latch, and was hoping for advice. She exhibits some symptoms of poor latch, but not others. My nipples are commonly lipstick shaped after nursing, but not sore. The thing that worries me most is the constant nursing, which has been the norm for the last 5 days. This involves 8-9 hour stretches of nursing with no more than 15 minute breaks for short naps/diaper changes/etc. She will fall asleep nursing, but wake up within 5 minutes when moved. Oh, and she has a upper lip tie, which I diagnosed (not confirmed by doc yet).
Weight gain seems respectable, a little less than an ounce per day on average over the last 2 weeks, and the number of dirty diapers is on target, so I'm not worried that she is eating enough, just concerned that it takes so much work to get there, and exhausted. I wonder if a poor latch is to blame, and if so, if it could be fixed.
I live in a rural area, so my options for a board certified LC are at least 2 hours away. The closest LLL chapter is 1 hour from home. There is also a designated lactation nurse at my local clinic. Any thoughts? Should I even be worried?