DD is almost 7 weeks old... Her latch was good up until about the past two weeks, when she started 'smacking' while nursing. We saw a doc who runs a breastfeeding clinic, and it turns out DD has a minor tongue-tie. She's experiencing 'oral fatigue' because of it, and the latch gets sloppy which is why I'm hearing the smacking. It's up to me if I want to get it cut-- I was told to see how the next two weeks go, since babies can adapt to it and nurse well. It's optional because it is minor, and she is gaining weight appropriately thus far-- though it is at the low end of the 'normal', healthy rate.
Sometimes the latch is just perfect, but then when it isn't, it's pretty frustrating for me because I have to take her off and re-latch... and sometimes it doesn't seem to matter how many times I do that, she still smacks. The problem with the smacking is that she's taking in air and then gets gassy afterwards... As well, I've been told by my midwife that her inefficient sucking could lead to a decrease in my milk supply. Althought at this point, I have a hard time imagining that because I have an overactive let-down and lots of supply, and it was like this with DS, so I guess I'm thinking optimistically. It's like DD gets on, gets tired, then realizes she doesn't have to do a lot to get some milk-- she can just be on the end of the nipple and it flows in enough to make her happy.
I wish the nursing was going easier for us-- I'm finding that I'm really having to concentrate on what we are doing each time, and it's taking away from some of the enjoyment of it like what I experienced with DS. With him, I could do it without thinking, and just melt into it, you know? Also, with him, I could nurse him side-lying-- but with DD, it's hard for her to latch and then she slips off pretty quick most times.
Perhaps getting the tongue-tie fixed would help with all of this, I don't know... She wasn't smacking right from the start, so why now? Is it because she is having to work harder to get the milk, since things have leveled off since the days of engorgement excess milk production?
Anybody with experience with this issue? Anybody with babies who have had their tongue-tie clipped? I think I'd fall apart in there, if they were doing it to her...