When he was 3 days old I was told he had a non nutritive suck and that I need to supplement. I decided to keep him at the breast more to help my supply. my milk didn't come in until about the 5th day (with my first it came in 2nd day). but when it came in I was only mildly engorged. I also never leak except a couple of times when i wasn't wearing a bra while he nursed on the other side. DS would nurse (and still does) around the clock. He was jaundiced for the first 10 weeks of life since he wasn't getting enough calories. He was also gaining weight slowly and was failure to thrive.
It took 3 LC, plus 2 LC over the phone, to tell me that he had a bubble palate and short upper frenulum. now he is almost 3 months and still has a non nutritive suck but he does get milk from me it just takes awhile. he sucks more than swallows. I supplement with the little bit I am able to pump and use a syringe/tube to feed him.
All the Drs he has seen have told us that hes upper frenulum is fine even though it is to his gum line. they won't refer us to anyone so we are switching him over to a PPO and will take him to an ENT in hopes of getting it clipped to see if that will help his latch. I have been told his latch is fine, even though he curls his upper lip in always.
I am now worried about the prolactin levels being set. I am using a lactina pump and get about 2 ozs total a day from about 4 to 5 pumping sessions. I take Domperidone. I do breast compressions but it doesn't work very well to get more or or to get him to swallow.
i really don't want to give up I know I can BF since I nursed my oldest till he was 6 years. but all the road blocks I am hitting with the LO is making it hard to keep it up. I get about 4-5 hours of per 24 hours an it'd taking it's toll on me.