Anybody else having stubborn BF issues?
I knew something was "off" in the hospital, but the lactation consultant there blew me off and tried to tell me it was "normal". Um, yeah, Im a pedi AND I nursed my son for over a year...this wasnt normal, but whatever. I had a friend who is an IBCLC come to the house Saturday to evaluate after we got home.
She was tongue-tied (grade 2/3, posterior) and I got my partner to clip it for us on Monday, since I was in incredible amounts of pain and was bleeding after feeding her. It got some better, but not all the way. Im not bleeding anymore, but I still feel like she's rubbing me raw when she nurses (unless I get lucky).
Went to see another LC today (I was at the hospital I work at, getting Cassandra's PKU done and went to show her off...and got a drive by consult...)
She's got the mobility she needs in her tongue since the clipping, but she's being lazy with her latch. She keeps wanting to nurse like she's sucking on a straw, stripping the milk with the FRONT of her tongue, which HURTS.
The hospital LC (different hospital than where she was born) gave me a few exercises on "tongue retraining" to do with her to (hopefully!) get her latch to improve. She also recommended using the Soothie pacifier more than we have been to train her in correct tongue placement while sucking (she's not very fussy, so I haven't been giving it to her at all.)
I really hope this latch thing gets all the way better soon. I don't like practically screaming in pain every time she tries to nurse - initial latch is KILLER, but then it keeps hurting unless she's managed to do it right, and even then she goes shallow like every other suck. night is the worst, since I have a hard time seeing her lips and cheek to see how much intervention I need to do to get her to a better latch.
in good news, though, I weighed her today, and we're 2.5 oz above birth weight. Hello, letting her wake ME up instead of the other way around!