After struggling with breast feeding for a few weeks, I finally scheduled an appointment with the lactation consultant. I had already seen 3 lactation consultants while we were still in the hospital, and 2 at the pediatricians office…..but I went ahead and scheduled with someone else. I am both really glad and really sorry that I did.
After a quick weigh in she had me go ahead and start breast feeding. I started on the easy side and we talked about the issues Luke and I have been working through. She checked his latch and said that it was a bit shallow but good and he has a good suction. After 20 minutes she weighed him again. Luke had gained slightly under an ounce (he should have been at about 2). I tried/struggled to get him to latch on the left.
After a few minutes she asked me if I would be willing to try the supplemental nursing system. Of course I was, that’s what I was there to talk about in the first place. She got me all set up with a 1 ounce syringe and a feeding tube. She also gave me the Medela supplemental nursing system starter kit to see if it will help too. Luke ate another ounce from the tube and 1/2 ounce from my right breast and about 1/2 ounce from the left.
After a bit she noticed a crease in Lukes upper lip. After examining Lukes mouth we discovered (well she told me) that Luke has a mild tongue tie as well as a lip tie. We now need to visit with a pediatric dental surgeon to have him evaluated and the ties cut. She said it is very possible that the two ties are the reason that Luke has a shallow latch and is having some difficult times with milk transfer.
I feel absolutely horrible. I know that it isn’t my fault that this happened. It’s the way Luke was born and I couldn’t do anything differently to have prevented it from happening. And yet I feel somehow like its my fault. I knew something was wrong from the get go and I didn’t push it hard enough. Now we are looking at what could be a painful laser removal of the flap under his tongue and between his gun and lip.