Being early, he is tiny. Having a small baby is really stressful- especially when you're breastfeeding. As a Mom, I was just feeling like I was failing at providing enough nourishment for my tiny peanut.
After my trip to California last month and watching my sister feed her baby boy who is the same age (and 6 pounds heavier) as Nate, I knew I needed a trip to the lactation consultant. I (sort of) forgot how easy breastfeeding should be. I had sort of forgotten how natural and normal breastfeeding should be since I had been fighting with Nate over feeding since day one.
The lactation consultant spent five minutes with us before she found his lip tie. She explains that along with his Class III or IV lip tie, he has a minor posterior tongue tie.... Ummm... What?!? After half dozen plus pediatrician appointments in his short life, how did our pediatrician miss this?
His pediatrician set us up with a pediatric ENT doctor who immediately saw the lip tie. He clipped it in his office the same day. He warned that the lip tie often does not help latch issues that much but clipping it now should stop his front teeth from separating and could prevent a possible speech impediment later.
Since the successful lip tie clip, the nursing issues have improved. Before we clipped it, he was only willing to nurse 3-4 minutes on each side, on average. This has lengthened to 5-6 minutes per side now. He still needs to nurse more often than average (every two hours, usually) but I blame that on my supply issues.
Nate's nursing issues along with my extreme stress for the past couple months has drastically affected my supply. I know that I am not making enough milk to keep his belly full in the evenings and I have had to start supplementing at night. I don't feel guilty giving him a formula bottle before bed but as I had feared, it seems to be starting to become necessary earlier and earlier in the evening. I am going to try "power pumping" at 6:00pm for the next week to see if that helps increase my evening supply.
Anyways, this was a good lesson for me to remember not to just trust your pediatrician implicitly. I knew something was "off" when feeding him despite what the pediatrician was telling me. I am thankful that I have the support and resources to reach out for other opinions- especially since this time, I was right.a Rafflecopter giveaway
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