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Met with LC re sean's bfing today

The lc was here. I'm happy to report that it isn't anything I'm doing or not doing. He has a short palate. He has really good muscle tone in his jaw, but doesn't open wide enough to take the whole nipple. He opens wide enough to take most of it & I should make sure his lips aren't curled in after he latches. So I have to gently uncurl them. I also have to do some mouth exercises with him to help him with opening wider. When the eval chick comes tomorrow, I need to make sure he gets OT and that will help with his latch. He does slurp, but again due to his anatomy & it doesn't seem to be affecting him aside from getting air & needing to burp. The lc is going to ask around & see if there are any other exercises I can do with him. I asked her how long I should give it before I just give in & give the bottle. Like if I am at my wits end, how long realistically should I fight to give him the breast. She said maybe 20 minutes. Unless I'm really frustrated, then give it to him because it's better to have a less frustrated mother & baby. She also said he doesn't have any nipple confusion so she saw no problem with giving the bottle & paci. 
She said he will get better as he gets older and after his surgery. She's a pedi ER NP and reg'd LC. She works at the hosp our pedi is affiliated with. 

Re: Met with LC re sean's bfing today

  • Sounds like a good plan!  And we have always been told, as long as baby is gaining weight & making lots of dirty diapers to not worry too much.  :)
    Hang in there--you are doing such a great job!
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  • well that sounds like pretty good news, I know ppl have been worried about tone and now ya have even more proof taht his tone is good.

    Good luck. I was a full time pumper and it's lots of hard work, I would have loved to just BF, but it was not in our cards.

    Max 4-08-08 and Michael 2-03-91 (19 years olds)
    image Both boys were born w/ hirschsprung's disease, you find yourself facing this dx, please feel free to ask me any questions.
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