My baby is 7 weeks old. We faced challenges with breastfeeding right from the beginning but we have worked together for 7 weeks to continue breastfeeding. I have been working with a wonderful lactation specialist that I found and continue to work with her. I have some concerns/questions that I wanted to get some different viewpoints about though. Let me tell you a little about our background first.
My baby was 6 lbs 15 oz when she was born. On day 3 we went to see a lactation specialist because it was excruciating pain when she latched on. The specialist said she thought she was tongue tied and to speak to our peditrician about this. On day 4 we went to the peditrcian and he said she wasn't tongue tied. She was down to 6 lbs 2 oz. He told me that I needed to supplement her with formula and gave us a syringe to use to finger feed her. He also told me that I needed to get a nipple shield and pump and start pumping. I was still in pain and was frustrated with all the hurdles we were going through and felt like a failure as a mother.
My sister came to visit and helped me get a little more comfortable with the breastfeeding but we were still concerned about her weight. I contacted the lactation specialist again and she referred me to an ENT to further look into the issue of being tongue tied. We went and saw him and he said that she has a mild case of tongue tie in the back of her mouth (type 3). He said that he would reccomend giving it a week to see how her weight gain was and then make a decision whether to have it clipped or not. He said since it was a mild case that it might make a difference or not.
I went to see a different lactation specialist and she noticed when she put her finger in her mouth that she bounced her tongue some. At the time she didn't do this on me but did do it on the nipple shield. The lactation specialist didn't think that the tongue tie seemed to be an issue.
My baby put on good weight that week so we didn't do anything about having the tongue clipped. We are making progress and I am proud and happy about that. However, I get frustrated when I supplement with the tube and nipple shield because the breastmilk or formula ends up running down me. I thought that it was leaking from the shield but I noticed the other day that it is leaking from my baby's mouth. I am wondering if she is having a hard time swallowing because of the nipple shield or her mild tongue tie. I have also noticed that at times when I am not using the nipple shield that she has breastmilk on her face when she finishes eating.
I guess I am wondering if anyone else has dealt with a mild case of tongue tie and if they got it clipped or not. Did it make a difference?
Thanks for your help!