I've been seeing a specialist in tongue tie and also a separate IBCLC - they work together.
We had his tongue clipped, both top and bottom, on Tuesday. Since then I have been trying to offer the breast more.
Yesterday they felt I should totally cut the finger feedings and only supplement at breast. Makes total sense as Finn seems to now have a suck preference and gets VERY frustrated at the breast.
He's been getting approx 10 ounces of a mixture of bm and formula through the finger feeding. The rest has been AT THE BREAST.
They told me to try to cut out three ounces of the formula by this coming Thursday since it's obvious he CAN do it since he's gained weight. This is now my concern...
Since I've been offering the breast more since Tuesday his weight gain has basically only maintained which scares me to death. He was 10.6 on Weds, then 10.10 on Friday and Saturday, then this morning I weighed him and he was 10.9! Tears are flowing again. And today he hadn't pooped before his weigh, yesterday he had but he weighed more yesterday! And yesterday he only took in 3 ounces of formula.
I'm losing it. Between being tongue tied and having supply issues (or at least I think so) I just feel like we'll never be fully sucessful at the breast. I don't know why it has to be so difficult. Let me tell you what I'm on!
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REALLY? And I still can't seem to get him to gain fully at the breast.
So the history is that he was 9.15 last Friday (10 days ago) and had gained 11 ounces, but now it looks like he may have dropped an ounce. We did a before and after weight this morning and he took in less than 1.5 ounces. But he had just gotten up and had nursed all night. Honestly, I'm pretty happy with the 1.3 or whatever it was since the last time we did this (before his tongue was clipped) he only took in a half an ounce!
I'm still trying to pump when possible and doing the feedings at the breast but now this leaves me with even less time. I cant have dh do the finger feedings so now I'm stuck doing everything again. I understand WHY I need to do it this way - he needs to know that he is only going to get fed at breast (finger is just less work for him) but I can't say it's not hard.
I just feel like I shouldn't cut out the formula. With todays weight - I'm so scared. I don't even know if daily weighing is good or not. But I don't like that he's only maintained for like 3 days. And I have to call again on Weds with an update to the ped.
I don't know what I'm looking for. Reassurance? Tell me what you would do? Is it my supply? I wish I knew. The scale is a great tool though. I'm happy I have it so that I know things need tweaked if he doesn't gain. It's uber frustrating and heart breaking at times ....
Thanks for listening. And I apologize I haven't been around to give much support. I usually don't even have one hand anymore with the constant pumping!