Had Judah's 6 week appointment today. I guess I thought it would be geared more toward me but she said since I didn't tear or anything, there was nothing she needed to check.
However, Judah only weighed 8 lbs 10 oz - so he only gained 10 oz in three weeks.
Which means even the supplement I've been giving him isn't enough.
I think there are problems with his latch that need to be corrected which might be why he's not getting enough and not stimulating my breasts the right way for them to make milk. When I saw the LC she said he had a posterior tongue tie which I wasn't aware could be addressed until I went to a LLL meeting last night and my friend said they could laser it off. Also, since my one nipple is healed and the other is still cracked and not getting better, he may have an alignment issue with his jaw.
So I'm getting him adjusted tomorrow and then going for a consultation for a possible procedure for his tongue which I'm a little afraid of but apparently it's really fast, like a shot or something and they are able to eat right afterward.
I'm also ordering some more herbs to help my supply boost a bit more but I'm really hoping it's a problem with him and not me because I'm doing the same things I did with Noel and was able to drop the supplements by this point with her.
I'm also going to get him weighed tomorrow at the pedi where he's been weighed regularly before just to make sure he really is that far behind. I guess after his good weight gain the one week I thought we were doing good.
I'm really really wondering about his weight and whether that new midwife did it wrong and maybe he is 9lbs 10oz instead. He *seems* to have gained a good bit of weight - he has a bit of a double chin and little leg rolls.
So anyway, thoughts and prayers would be appreciated because if I think about it too much I get pretty down with the fact that I can't feed my own baby even though I'm trying SO hard. I really really REALLY don't want to have to supplement his feedings the entire time he is breastfeeding because it's so much more difficult to go out and do stuff when I have to think about bottles and keeping milk cool and pumping etc.
Yeah that's what I'm thinking. I feel like I'm reading his cues okay but maybe he just doesn't make enough of a fuss as long as his tummy is a little full?
He's having about 6-7 really wet diapers and 2-3 poops a day so that's why I wasn't worried.
The scale at the midwives isn't digital - it's the old fashioned kind that you have to move the lever over and the one at the doc is digital.
Hugs Vicki! Keeping you in my thoughts! His diapers sound pretty good, so maybe they just weighed him wrong. Keeping my fingers crossed that is the case.
Even though my lil dude is gaining, I still have sore nips and I'm starting to wonder if its a latch problem as well. I've had him checked for tongue tie by 3 different people, so I'm guessing its not that. I'm interested in this jaw misalignment. So you will take him to the chiro for this?? I might mention it to mine too.
I also feel like I have a positioning problem. When DH is here, I have a hard time getting the pillows just right and I end up hunching a bit.
Update today: Took him to the chiro, he was out of alignment and she said his adjustment should help and if not to let her know.
Stopped at the pedi and they were out for lunch so I wasn't able to get him weighed there. I have weighed him on our digital scale with me and he seems to be weighing in at 9lbs on there.
Took him to the dentist and they said his posterior tongue tie would be too hard to get clipped without invasive surgery and even then it may not help. BUT he has an upper lip tie that may help him. I decided to wait and get some more info before I did anything.
Doing the research now, I think I've decided to go ahead and get it clipped. They use a laser-like thing and just do a little local anesthesia. Plus, it can cause tooth and speech problems later on so I might as well do it now since we are both having issues.
I ordered some Goat's Rue for my supply so here's hoping it helps. It seems to get good reviews. This morning I felt like I had a lot more milk and then by noon it was like it all left me. Ugg.
Hang in there, Vicki.. He's gaining so that's a plus. Maybe he's just a slow gainer? Or like others said the scales could be off.
You have tons of the thoughts and prayers coming from us on the little clip - we got Brams membrane cut at about a week old and are glad we did. It's all going to be ok (SUPER hugs!!)