So my 5 week old has been what feels like constant nursing since we left the hospital at 6 days old. A midwife noticed he had tounge tie at 2 days old, I was struggling to feed him because of the tounge tie and flat nipples and so was given nipple shields to use and then I was able to get him to latch on and feed. Because he was well at the hospital, gaining weight and having plenty of wet and dirty nappies they decided not to do anything about his tounge tie.
When we had our first visit from the HV I explained to her I was experiencing pain when feeding him on my right side. I told her he was fussy on the right side he would become frustrated and come off my breast and push me away but would continue to root around as if he was still hungry. She refered us to the hospital to have his tounge tie snipped and advised me I needed to pump on my rigt side to keep my supply up untill the snil. She arranged for me to lend a pump from my children's health center. However, by the time the pump had become availabe I was not experiencing pain and was able to latch my son on without the shields.
The next few weeks between seeing her and having his TT snipped at 4 weeks 6 days have been my son wanting to be attatched to me all through the evening. I understand that he gets what he needs during the first 5 - 20 mins or so and having him on and off me for 8 + hours is mostly him comfort feeding. However, I let him comfort feed like this to keep my supply up and incase the HV was right and he wasn't getting enough on my right (pretty sure he had been as can hear him swallowing and when topless have ended with milk everywhere after let down and of course more than plenty wet and dirty nappies).
So after having his tounge snipped on Wednesday I was hoping the endless feeding would settle. We went out yesterday and he slept the whole time we were out about 4 hours, once home at 3pm we started feeding and once again he was on and off till 11pm.
It's not like he's latched on for the whole 8 hours he'll doze and come off on his own. Alot of the time though he becomes very frustrated and will push my breast away but open his mouth wide like he's still hungry. It's so fustrating having him feed for 20 mins feeling my breasts let down and then having him having come off on his own and being hysterical. I'll lay him down in his basket but he'll bring his knees up to his chest kick and fuss so we'll pick him back up and latch him back on. I'd like to add he's very placid and content the only time he ever cries is when he loses his latch on me.
Yesterday we went to the GP I said I think our son has reflux his advise was to not let him comfort feed the way I've been letting him and to perhaps use a pacifier (which I don't want to do). He prescibed a box of infant gaviscon which we gave our son inbetween breasts amd it seemed to work wonders. My son fed and drained the second boob I don't recall him comfort sucking came off amd went down in his basket no fuss at all. However, the second did not go so smoothly instead of posseting a very small as he normally did he was being sick in large amounts not projectile vomit but enough for us to feel like it was necessary to call out of hours GP at 9pm. We ended having to go to the hospital the Doctor there gave the same advise as the GP not to ket him be latched on for hours on end and to get help, I was just like really? Why do you think I'm here?
So really just looking for some advice as I can't really get any help at 1 in the morning. Should I just admit defeat and give him formula I know it's probably not going to ressolve the problem but at least it would give me a break. Has anyone elses little one been like this? And how do I not let him feed if it's all that will settle him?