Tongue Tie?

Kirsten - posted on 06/03/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hi!

Just wondered if anyone has any experience BF a newborn with tongue tie...of all my traits I passed on to my new baby, it had to be that one :)

Hes 4 days old and not using the bathroom all that well..But my milk is JUST starting to come in...
He feeds often, and seems to be latching well, but hes making my nipples very sore! I don't think his tongue is getting to the right place.

I'm worried hes getting dehydrated. I don't want to clip him unless I have to.

Thanks!

Kirsten

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Also, I used breast shells when my nipples were very sore. It kept them from rubbing against my clothing and made them feel much better.

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My baby got that from my husband. Hers it not too bad, her tongue is not heart shaped and she can stick it out enough. She latches on well too, but the first two weeks of breastfeeding was very painful. She also didn't have a lot of wet/dirty diapers until my milk really came in. I didn't like the idea of getting her clipped either. Try to push through the first two weeks. If you're still in a lot of pain then talk to his doctor about getting him clipped. I was told it is a very simple procedure in infants. Luckily, I don't think we have to get it done. Her doctor agreed that hers is not severe enough to need it.

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Kirsten - posted on 06/12/2009

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Thanks for all the advice everyone...I've been trying all these things and I am getting much less sore :) I think in a week or so, I'll be fine.

We had our first checkup yesterday and he is gaining weight so things are going well now! As long as things keep going this way, I probably won't have him clipped.

Lisa - posted on 06/05/2009

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My last 2 DD's have been mildly tongue-tied. DD3 still has a heart shaped tip but can poke her tongue out past her lips which means it can go in place for feeding. What I found easiest (or less painful) early on was to BF using a football hold ie bub under the arm on the same side you're feeding on. Eventually I changed back to the more traditional hold - I think the first 6 weeks were the hardest.

Ariane - posted on 06/05/2009

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My son was tongue tied. It made feeding very painful, can cause teeth cavities later on (with food getting stuck under it) and potential speech impediments later on in life. So we opted for the op. It was very quick and healed by the next day. As soon as it was done they bought him in for a feed (which makes everything ok!). I am glad I did it sooner or later to reduce the chance of him remembering it. Think we did it at three weeks. Feeding improved within a week or two when he re-learnt how to feed by being able to stick his tongue out properly.

Jennifer - posted on 06/04/2009

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My daughter is also tongue-tied. When she was born I went threw a lot of upset and anxiety because she wasnt able to latch on properly. She just couldnt do it. I worked with the lactation nurses at the hospital. I finally just had to pump for a couple of weeks and give her my milk in a bottle. Just until she gained more weight and got stronger. After a couple of weeks she latched on just fine. Her tongue stretched out some and it doesnt bother her today and she is almost 4. I know that it is very hard. Believe me I cried but if your determined to breast feed I would say stay strong and hang in there. You can do it. I would definitely talk to a lactation nurse they are a lot of help.

Christine - posted on 06/04/2009

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My son was tongue tied he just got it clipped the week before last (he is 3 1/2 months). The skin under his tongue literally went to the tip of his tongue and he couldn't really stick it out at all. He didn't have any problems latching on at all but we decided to get it cut so he didn't have problems with speech later on. My nipples were also very sore for the first couple of weeks. I used the first yeas lanolin mist as much as possible throughout the day. Within a couple of weeks they were better, even before he got his tongue clipped. I think it just took him a little while to get the hang of how to eat.



Clipping his tongue sounds very painful but my son was sleeping literally within 2 minutes of having it done. If you do decide to do it I would get it done as young as possible. I have a 2 1/2 year old that has to get it done in June. We didn't realize his tongue was tied until after our newborns. I don't think I really new what "tongue-tied" was. Anyway, he has to be put to sleep for the procedure unlike my infant so I wouldn't wait if i was you. If he isn't having problems latching on some people decide not to get it clipped at all but I have heard of kids having terrible speech problems later on.



As long as he is having the recommended amount of wet diapers a day you don't have to worry about dehydration but if it really bothers you you could call your doctor. Goodluck with everything!

Hilary - posted on 06/04/2009

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My son was also tongue-tied. His was to the end of the tongue resulting in the typical heart shape when he tried to stick his tongue out (visible when crying). After two weeks of trying different latches and the shield we opted to have it cut. I had the same procedure as a baby. The process took about a minute and he didn't even cry. If you decide to do it, look for a pedia-dentist or check with a lactation specialist.

Chelseaszidik - posted on 06/03/2009

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My daughters tongue was very short due to the fact that it was so closely attached to the bottom of her mouth. She also made my nipples sore and when she ate she made a clicking sound. I worked on the latch with my lactation consultant and that made all the difference. She still clicked because of it for awhile while nursing but eventually her tongue grew. The pain was solved when her latch was corrected. Clipping should only be done in severe cases because it is painful. Remember you are your infants only advocate so explore all other human options before allowing someone to cut their tongue. Best of luck I would encourage you to meet with a lactation consultant to correct the latch and stop the pain.

Grace - posted on 06/03/2009

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My baby has this also. The nurses mentioned it to me when she was born but it wasn't a big issue as she was feeding fine anyway. A friend's baby had the same problem, and she had his clipped. I am glad my girl is feeding well, as I would hate the idea of putting her through that pain. Keep trying. It was painful for me for the first month, I tried nipple creams/ointments but this only made my baby sick. 2 months later, we are feeding fine and not much pain at all (except when she bites down with her gums)
It gets easier. :) Like everything, learning things for the first time takes practice.

Molly - posted on 06/03/2009

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I haven't been through this, but one thing the lactation consultant did for my baby was put her finger in his mouth (on the roof) to get the tongue in the right spot (you'll notice him changing the way he's sucking) and then slide your finger out real quick and get your nipple in there quick-like! I only had to do it for a couple of days and he got the hang of it. Keep feeding often, especially if you're worried about dehydration... but most likely you're both doing fine. If you are certain you're right, especially about the dehydration, make a pediatrician appointment. Then contact a lactation consultant. La Leche League is free and they're great. Sometimes you just need knowledge and ten minutes of help and you and your baby will be off and nursing like champs. Keep up the good work and dont get too discouraged. it's not easy, but sooo worth it!

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