Breastfeeding a newborn with a tongue tie

Shiphrah - posted on 01/15/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My now 12 day old daughter was born with a tongue tie. Although she is able to latch on and nurse with no problem her inability to stick her tongue out past her lips makes it painful for me when she latches on to nurse. Her pediatrician suggested getting the tongue clipped (a painless procedure done in office) but I am afraid to have the procedure done because she is so young and has not had all of her vaccines yet. Has anyone had this done? I need some advice!!!

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Elizabeth - posted on 01/30/2014

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It will be more traumatic for you, than her. My son's tongue was clipped at 6 months and he forgot all about it as soon as they handed him to me and I let him nurse. And it does make a huge difference, immediately. There are long term benefits as well, tongue tie can cause speech impediments. I know it's silly but I thought about how I wanted him to be able to lick an ice cream cone one day, or french kiss!! Weird, I know, but it really can hinder a person as an adult. And the older they get the more painful it is for them. I say don't wait another moment!

Lori - posted on 01/18/2014

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I'd get it done. It will make breastfeeding SOOOO much better for both of you. I have a good friend who's baby had to get a tongue tie clipped, and it really made things much better. However, I do understand your trepidation at having any procedure done to your baby. Consider the benefits that will accompany the procedure. And if you wait till she's fully vaccinated, you'll be done nursing her by then.

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