I need some serious help from you knowledgeable and experienced lactation consultants/specialists out there.
My twin boys were born via c-section on New Year's Day (after a beautiful progressing homebirth..got to 10 cm and baby A failed to descend after long pushing. He was posterior and in a weird diagonal lie. When he was born,we could see his head had molded off to one side, much like Gumby).
Anyhow, I started breastfeeding my twins in the recovery room and they latched on just fine and seemed to be breastfeeding just fine for two days. We saw good amount of pee and meconium diapers. When we were discharged however, we were told that my boys had already lost 10 percent of their birth weight. We'd need to come back for evaluation in 2 days. At home I noticed horribly sore nipples and they seemed to be nursing in such a voracious and desperate way. We had pee diapers, but no more poo. Today we took them back in and they've now lost 16% of their birthweight...over a lb each!
After evaluating both boys, the lactation consultant showed me that the boys are sucking UNDER their tongues. It is a very poor latch. They are able to latch onto a finger and bottle, she showed me but they couldn't suck hard enough for that tube feeding device to work. The lactation consultant is recommending that I pump every 2-3 hours, that we supplement with bottles (offering breastmilk first then formula) immediately to prevent any further weight loss and that we can reintroduce them to the breast in a few days using nipple shields. I talked to a LLL person tonight who said that I might do as the other lady says, but also to continue to offer the breast perhaps after the babies' hunger has been staved off by some bottle first.
I need help desperately. Please, I cannot emotionally deal with losing the nursing relationships with my boys. I am still processing their c-section birth. I want what's best for them...and will do what it takes to continue nursing.