I wrote a while ago about the difficulties I was having feeding Noah, and my mastitis. I got discharged from the breast clinic a few weeks ago, just before our holidays, with a very nice letter which contained the edict: “she is to continue breastfeeding”.
Well, I actually have continued to breastfeed, not least because of this command, but also because it’s a pretty convenient way to give Noah milk 🙂
Noah, however, doesn’t find it super easy to get milk from me. He fusses, pulls on and off, never latches deeply and often just holds my nipple in his lips. He screams if the milk comes too quickly, and will sometimes just refuse point blank to continue, even if he was starving hungry before.
I went to a meeting of La Leche League, and had a feed observed by one of their friendly, helpful volunteer leaders. A number of health professionals had observed a feed, and checked Noah for a tongue tie, but all said he was ok, and as he has gained weight from the very beginning, no one has followed up on the problems I’ve told them we were having. However, La Leche League breastfeeding counsellors are fully trained in all the ins and outs of breastfeeding, and Noah was quickly diagnosed with a posterior tongue tie. Amazingly, and really very helpfully, the breastfeeding counsellor made a referral to the clinic for a tongue tie division. It is such a relief that you don’t have to go back to a GP to convince them!
Noah’s appointment is on Tuesday. I am equal parts scared and excited. I don’t want to put all my hope on the idea this will make feeding him easier, that it will stop him being sick after or during his feeds due to the air he takes in because of the poor latch.
Wish us luck!