I'm going to skip over the details, but basically, we found out, this week, that DS (he'll be 4 weeks on Sunday) has a type III posterior tongue tie and a class IV lip tie. My supply was very good at first, which had allowed him to regain his birth weight by 11 days, but because of his bad suction (his latch looks fine from the outside) he was not able to get enough milk for his needs nor to stimulate my breast enough to maintains supply. So over the course of the last 2 weeks, his weight has dropped by almost a full pound and my supply has dwindled to not much.
He is therefore supplementing with formula right now in order to bring his weight up ASAP, and I am pumping to get my supply back up. I'm also taking fenugreek and blessed thistle. So far, in the last 36 hours or so, I've gone from pumping 50mL per session to about 70-80mL, so my supply does seem like it's going up,, though it is not what it should be.
DS is getting a frenectomy for his lip and tonge on wednesday. The good news is that he is still very much interesting in latching at the breast but gets really upset because nothing comes out.
My midwife commented that my attitude is excellent and that I'm doing all the right things but it's a bit of a front. Last night I had a complete meltdown over the "what-if he can never breastfeed again" scenario. I nursed my DD until she was 28 months and it is so, so important for my to have that with my son also. I hate bottle feeding, even when it's my own milk.
Anyway, I realised now what I need is some encouragment from mama's who've had somewhat similar experience. Can I re-establich supply at this point? Can we go back to a normal exclusive bf relationship? Can my supply go back to be abundant enough to feed him? Can he really "relearn" to nurse after getting his lip and tongue clipped at one month?
I just want to hear your success stories! Thank you!!!