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February 18th, 2014, 05:34 PM
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The other morning I decided I was out of ideas to help improve my baby's latch. I was feeling overwhelmed by how I could hear clicking and baby seemed to be popping off of the breast a lot. So I googled IBCLC in my city and found the name of a woman who would come to the house.

The LC came over at 10 this morning. We chatted and she was impressed to learn that I had transitioned from exclusively feeding formula at the hospital to pumping to latching and only feeding breast milk. (I'm rather proud of that, myself!) We woke up baby and weighed her. Then she watched me feed. She said I had really good technique. Yes the latch was a little shallow so she showed me how to put my nipple right under the nose to get the wide, wide latch. Then she helped me SHOVE my nipple into her mouth. The latch felt better. But a few minutes later baby started to slide down the nipple. She did her routine clicking, too. Based on the shape of her tongue, the way it felt underneath, and the pinching I feel when nursing she thinks baby has a posterior tongue tie. I agree. I know nursing isn't supposed to hurt, but it never feels great. The LC also showed me a trick to nursing when lying on my side.

It was an expensive visit but I'm glad to know I'm not crazy. I am going to set up an appt with a pediatric ENT to get an opinion on whether baby has a tongue tie and, if so, whether it should be treated.

Oh, one more thing... I was concerned that baby can go 4-5 hours between feeds. As a part of the appt we weighed baby before and after eating. After eating she had me weigh the baby twice because she couldn't believe it. Baby got slightly more than 3 oz from my one breast. that's about what I've been pumping from the breasts when they are full. She said the two things that make overcoming a tongue tie doable are pliable breast tissue and an oversupply. Given how much I can pump I think I probably border on an oversupply. So she recommended I keep pumping and maintain a high supply so that baby can get milk. She wasn't surprised that baby could go 4 hours when she was taking in over 3 oz in a feed.

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February 18th, 2014, 06:32 PM
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Clicking is bad tongue placement. Why didn't she offer to clip the tongue tie? The placement of it? I've never had a baby with it so idk really just what I've read.

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February 20th, 2014, 12:54 PM
melissalaw's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Sounds like a good visit. And yay for an over supply. I've always had an over supply and it does make breastfeeding so much easier. Definitely have the dr check out her tongue issue. That could be the problem. I hope things keep going good for you guys. sounds like you are on a good path.

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