Squdge and Pudge. Or is it Bubs? Charleston? Squirt? Squidge?
This is a call for help to my pro-bre.astfeeding readers.
The reason I am sitting here blogging (instead of party prep) is because I am pumping brea.stmilk. Something I do about 22 hours a day it seems! I am on the verge of quitting the pumping and switching completely to formula. The twins do not nurse at all. They are scheduled for surgery on their posterior tongue-ties for February 8th. But seeing as how they will be over 5 1/2 months old at that point, the possibility of learning to nurse is slim-to-none. They do not even latch on anymore. Their latch wasn't good when they did latch-- due to the posterior tongue-tie.
So, here's the deal, I took the twins to their four month well-child checkup today (even though they're five months). The pediatrician said he doesn't recommend they undergo general anesthesia and have this procedure unless I'm going to nurse. I want to nurse. Really I do. I'd love to chuck this pump and all the bottles out the window and nurse these babies at least a year. But even my lactation consultant thinks the chance of them learning at this point is not good.
If the twins need the surgery later for say speech problems, it will be much safer in a couple years versus as babies.
I'm about to throw in the towel. Obviously, we'll be praying about this decision over the next few days. But I would like to know if YOU know any success stories of older babies learning to nurse that have never previously had a successful nursing experience. And by older, I mean 2 months or older.