Originally Posted by sattygirl99
I've never seen her tongue reach the top of her mouth while crying. When she has huge crying fits (which I try to prevent, lol) she gets really tired and hoarse sounding from the tongue not working properly. Her mouth also gets really dry too. Even in her worst of fits, that's as high as I've ever seen her tongue go during crying.
The problem is that she CAN extend her tongue, to lower lip but can't maintain that. She doesn't do it often either, I imagine it probably doesn't feel good to stretch her tongue that far, lol.
Our breastfeeding difficulties include:
Chewing on nipple
Clicking or popping while nursing
The edge of my nipple being 'flicked' with her tongue while nursing (when the tongue should be well under the nipple!)
Low milk transfer (she's only taking .5 oz per nursing usually)
Slow weight gain
Low supply (this is a guess as I can't pump for beans!)
Constant nursing (usually hourly and for long periods of time)
Among other things.
Thanks! I'm sending my email off now!
You are describing my 5mo! These were exactly her symptoms, but we couldn't find anyone to clip it. 3 different LCs agreed, but knew of no one in our area that would help. They said that most Moms just give up at this point.
If I hadn't been so knowledgable and personally knew all the BF knowledgeable people I know, I would have too.
My nipples were in excruciating pain, and she was still losing weight at 10 days. Everything looked good from the outside, but it felt like she was tapping the end of my nipple with her tongue. Her transfer was extremely low, so my milk supply took a nosedive. Are you working to protect your milk supply? I needed to supplement to get her to gaining weight. For the first week or so, I needed to use formula to get enough, after that, I was able to pump enough BM using a Lactina....It took me about 3 weeks of pumping 10x/24hrs to rebuild my milk supply.
I did use a bottle, and the "finish at the breast method" When DH was home, we used a finger feeder for supplementing. I just could not manage to do so with all the other kids, and no one around to help. You could use a sns, too....but it didn't work for us.....she couldn't transfer the milk from that, either. Just no suction.
The good news is that we kept at it, and around 6 weeks, we were done supplementing.
: Now, she still nursed constantly, and only in the past couple of weeks has she started going to every 1.5hrs or so. The clicking stopped about 3.5 mos. The pain is still there at latch-on, but nothing like it was. I can see her tongue, now, when I pull her lip down, while nursing. She just couldn't maintain that in the beginning. Her weight gain is great, now! about 14lbs at 5mos., up from 6.5 lbs at her lowest.
So, while it did make nursing miserable for this old pro, for the first few months, it has worked itself out. I also highly suspect that #3 had this issue, as well. Because we had some of the same problems.
I did know about the dr's in New York, but being from SC, that was just too far to travel for us. If DD hadn't hated the car, and DH could have gotten some time off, we might have tried it, though.
Good luck....I know how hard this battle is.