Inefficient latch will it get better over time?

(6 Posts)
thecakeisalieagain Sun 25-May-14 22:24:31

Dd (dc3) is 6 weeks old and ebf. We've had some issues with slow weight gain, it took until 4 weeks old to get her back to birth weight. No reason has been found and she doesn't have tongue or lip tie. I think she has an inefficient latch. It seems a little shallow and sometimes she
clicks especially during the let down. It's not causing me pain either so we're not failing as such it's just the long frequent feeds that are an issue.

I'm wondering if her latch will get better over time? She's gaining well now but I think that's a combination of very frequent feeds and a strong let down so she doesn't have to work that hard at the start of feeds.

My previous dc had efficient latches so were starting to go longer between feeds by this age and having shorter feeds, so I'm not used to struggling by 6-7 weeks. I know cluster feeding is normal and so on but this isn't cluster feeding this seems different.

I not at the end of my tether I just feel like something isn't quite right this time.

trumpfamily Mon 26-May-14 18:18:45

Have you tried latching on with the face towards you but the legs under your arm rather than across your body? A V cushion helps here for support.

goodbyeyellowbrickroad Mon 26-May-14 19:19:23

Honestly it sounds like tongue tie to me - the clicking noise and a shallow latch are 2 of the signs. Can I ask who's checked for tongue tie?

It took me 8 weeks to get DS diagnosed as he was gaining weight and I had little discomfort. Midwives and paediatrician all missed it. It was a lactation consultant/supporter that finally recognised it and helped get a referral to get it revised.

thecakeisalieagain Wed 28-May-14 22:18:56

That's what I thought that maybe she has a posterior tongue tie. It was the hv, paediatrion & midwife that say she's fine. I was referred to a lactation consultant but only for a chat over the phone.

No one seems concerned now because she's gaining weighy now but she's doing that by feeding so kuch it's like constant cluster feeding during the day some days. It's too much as I have my other 2 to look after. I guess I may have to push see a lactation consultant.

goodbyeyellowbrickroad Wed 04-Jun-14 07:34:40

Do you have a breastfeeding cafe near you? The one I went to was through the NCT. That's how I found my breastfeeding consultant/supporter. La Leche League also run breastfeeding cafés.

I found that as my DS was gain

goodbyeyellowbrickroad Wed 04-Jun-14 07:38:36

Sorry - DS hit send for me!

I found that as DS was gaining weight HV and midwives weren't particularly helpful. I happened to bump into the midwife that looked after me during pregnancy and explained about our TT journey and she said that unless there was pain for the mother and/or baby wasn't gaining weight etc the midwives and paediatricians at our local maternity ward wouldn't do anything about it. Didn't fill me with confidence to be honest.

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