Re: New Mom Problems
with the excellent advice above. Also, who cares if the ENT laughs at you? If he/she does, find a new ENT. Or see a pediatric dentist- they often have a lot of experience with lip and tongue ties. My 8 year-old's dentist was the one who finally pointed out her lip tie, after her pediatrician and 2 LCs missed it. I only wish I'd had the sense to take her to the dentist when she was a newborn and I was having problems very similar to yours.
If this were my baby, I would immediately start nursing again- it sounds like you have transitioned to exclusive pumping...? So nurse, and then top off with expressed milk or formula as needed. Did any of the LCs you saw do a weigh-feed-weigh measurement on your baby? Weighed feeds are a good wY to get a sense of how much your baby takes in over the course of a feeding. When I was having problems, I actually rented a professional scale for home use, and did several days' worth of weighed feeds. That gave me a much better idea of my baby's intake than a single measurement at the LC's office. It also allowed me to know when I needed to supplement- if my daughter took in less than 2 oz despite being at the breast for a long time, it was time to break out the bottle or the supplemental nursing system. And once she was routinely taking 2-3 oz at the breast, I knew I could phase out the supplemental feedings and just nurse.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"