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    Angry Clicking Sound

    Hello all. My son is almost 6 weeks old and we just discovered he has a latching problem. He clicks when he nurses. I have never experienced any pain and he always seemed to empty my breasts when he nursed-however he is not gaining any weight. He is still not back to birth weight-he weighed 8 lbs, 13 oz at birth and went down to 8 lbs even at week one-then stayed that way until he was over 3 weeks old. He is now at 8 lbs, 8 oz. A LLL leader discovered the clicking sound (which I thought was normal b/c it didn't hurt) and we feel like it his tongue...you can't see it when he nurses. Does anyone have any ideas/ways to correct this. I am having a hard time. We have had to start supplementing with extra breast milk and formula after feedings to help with the weight gain. The LLL leader thinks he is using so much energy/calories trying to get the milk, which is why he isn't really gaining. He has plenty of poop/pee diapers, is alert and meeting development benchmarks (cooing, lifting head, etc) it's just his weight. I am determined to get this down. I wish I had discovered it sooner, but I had always heard if it doesn't hurt, he's probably latched on correctly-so when everyone asked me if he's latching on properly, I said yes...and what really makes me mad is none of the doctors/nurses have ever bothered to watch me nurse to see if that was the problem. Anyone have any advice for me?

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    Default Re: Clicking Sound

    I wonder if your leader checked for tongue tie as well?

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    Default Re: Clicking Sound

    clicking can also be something they do to cope with the flow of milk.
    This would be my guess becuase your not sore or worse, Most mothers with tounge tie babies have raw bleeding nipples.


    how often is baby nursing? Some babies need to nurse up to 12 times in 24 hours to get the weight gain.

    Did you have lots of iv fluids druing birth? That can cause the baby to weigh more at that 1st weighting.
    IS he sleeping alot?

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    Default Re: Clicking Sound

    My son has clicking when he nurses and did have tongue tie (he just had it clipped). My nipples were not cracked or bleeding, but he did cause compression which led to vasospasms. I would have pain after he nursed, but not while he BF.

    Here is a good article about it. If you think your LO has tongue tie you might consider bringing it to the pediatrician.

    http://www.aap.org/breastfeeding/8-27%20Newsletter.pdf

    For advice... make sure he latches on well every time and if you suspect a supply problem start pumping after you BF. It will tell your body to make more milk. Also, I would recommend nursing before you supplement, that way your supply will not drop.

    HTH! Hang in there.
    Melissa, mom to my very busy 4-year-old little man and super busy 2-year-old princess.

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    Default Re: Clicking Sound

    Andrea-I did have a lot of fluids-but at this point they say he should still be back to birthweight. He's nursing every 2-3 hours and he's sleeping about what he should. The LLL leader couldn't see his tnogue when he nursed-she thinks he is sucking on his tongue. I don't know-it's so frustrating but I am determined not to give up!

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    Default Re: Clicking Sound

    first of all!!! u are doing great momma!!! but i'm not sure what advice to give b.c neither one of mine did that. hope u are able to figure something out.

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    Default Re: Clicking Sound

    My daughter clicks when she nurses. She also had slow weight gain and I went back to hospital to meet with lactation nurse several times. At first couple of visits they told me to use a breast shield to help with latch. We used shield for 6 weeks. Then I met with another lactation specialist who told me the clicking was fine. She said some babies click "for their entire nursing career" and do just fine. Now my baby is 3 months and still clicks when she nurses. Weight gain is still slow, but consistent. So, maybe the click is not the problem for yours? Obviously, I don't know because I can't see how your baby is latching, but it is just a thought I wanted to share.

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    Default Re: Clicking Sound

    This is in regards to the weight gain: I have a 19 month VERY VERY petite little girl. She was born a little over 6 lbs and at her two week was 5 lbs 10 oz. She stayed that weight until she was 4 months old - at which point she was 6 lbs 2 oz. She is 19 months now and only 20 lbs. She always had good poopy/potty output and just REALLLLLY slowly gained weight. Her ped suggested supplementing w/ formula, but because she was thriving (other than weight), I chose not to. I don't have any advice for you, rather just wanted to let you know I've been there/done that too. She's healthy and has developed perfectly!! Other than making sure your DS is nursing right, I'm sure you're doing great Keep up with it!!!

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