I paid a reputable lactation consultant $100 yesterday to tell me that my latching technique was perfect, but that my baby was somewhat tongue-tied on bottom, and very tight at top, and that this is why I am in terrible pain at and throughout and in between each nursing. She told me to call my pediatrician to get it evaluated and clipped.
So, I called to see if they evaluate it or if they refer patients elsewhere, and the nurse got back to me, saying that the pediatrician will see me today IF I insist, but that she really doubts that my son is tongue-tied. SIGHT UNSEEN, she discounts this diagnosis!
My milk supply is getting low, my son is always wanting to nurse and unsatisfied after very long nursing sessions, more sleepy than he should be, and not gaining weight as fast as he did while I was on major pain drugs (I had a c-sec) and oblivious to th majority of nipple pain I was in. I was up for 4 hours in a row last night, trying to pump and feed and nurse. All I wanted to do is break out the formula.
I know I can't pump and exclusively bottle feed for a even 6 mos - I tried with my eldest. But I can NOT go through this level of pain at each feed!
I am closer to quitting with this baby than any other and not having any support from his ped (with no option to change because of a very limited insurance plan) has got me so depressed!