I am hoping someone who has been through this before can help me. I am a first time mother and my LO was diagnosed with lip tie at birth. A tongue tie was never diagnosed, but I am skeptical that she has a posterior tongue tie. At our first peds appointment, I asked about getting the lip tie clipped. My ped said breast feeding issues with lip tie rarely occur and it should stretch. I trust him completely, but I am now having issues.
When my LO turned 5 months old, I noticed that she was more fussy after nursing and eating every 2.5 to 3 hours. As a working mother, I was concerned I wasn't pumping enough at work as well. To see what she would take, my husband gave her six ounces. She took the whole bottle and didn't eat again for four hours. At the next feeding she took almost six ounces again. At best, I was pumping 3 ounces total each pumping session and I ended up having to supplement with formula when I was working due to the freezer stores being depleted. I also noticed a slight drop in her weight.
So, I decided to pump for 10 minutes after she nursed with each feeding to see if I could increase my supply. After about 3-4 days, I could tell a big difference. She was nursing longer with the deep pull lasting longer and happy to eat every four hours. I also pumped more at work with the average being four ounces with eat pumping session.
With the lip tie being in the back of my mind all the time, I started to think maybe it was causing the issue. However, I am also new at this so I thought maybe it's something you normally have to do to increase the supply. So, the next week (because pumping after nursing is time consuming and I am not a big fan of pumping in general) I figured I wouldn't need to pump that much. Just enough to cover what was needed for my next shift at work. Well, my supply went back down to where it was and my LO regressed back to every 3 hours and fussy. So here I am again pumping after each feed and frustrated with myself.
I began to delve deeper into lip ties, and I am almost certain my supply issue is from the lip tie. Although I have worked with her, I can't get her top lip to flange out without her losing suction, getting frustrated, or it eventually curling back under. I have watched the video of how to flip the nipple in and use your thumb to flange the lip out but it doesn't last long. I am hoping my pediatrician will agree that it needs to be clipped, but I just wanted to know if anyone else has had any similar experiences with lip ties.