My son can’t say his T’s, P’s and S’s. At first we just thought it was normal until they discovered a tongue tie on his baby sister at 1 month old. I had a horrific time breast feeding both him and his sister in the beginning.
I spent weeks in agony thinking oh this is normal. Both children got underweight their first week and it really scared us. I thought ‘I’ wasn’t producing the milk when really they weren’t able to latch and suck like they should.
This video was taken at Natural Family Chiropractic with Pediatric specialist Dr. Meghan Van Loon. Dr. Van Loon was my instructor and is a world renowned expert in Pediatrics. She has helped thousands understands and evaluates these common infant issues.
Watch the video below to understand more about Tongue Ties also called Anklyoglossia:
If you are in the Central NY area I highly recommend the following practitioners.
and Pediatric Dentist Dr. Lawrence Kutlow
We made the trip to see Dr. Kutlow a week after we were diagnosed. He evaluated her and performed the surgery the same day. Here is a picture of Sarah Grace before the surgery and after she looked the same.
The actual procedure takes about 10 minutes. The after care is more in depth and I found it a little difficult, but something you have to do.
Did it make a difference? Yes. I was able to nurse with more ease although it still took about 4 more weeks to get really comfortable with it. I choose not to solely nurse but that was my choice for my life and health.
I am very grateful for my friends on Facebook who suggested this might be the case. My midwife felt awful that she didn’t catch it, but I wasn’t upset about that. I do suggest if you are really struggling with nursing that you get a second opinion if your doctor or midwife doesn’t feel there is a problem. Go on Dr. Kutlow’s page and look at the video for diagnosing a tongue tie.
Sarah actually had both a tongue tie and a upper lip adhesion. After the surgery she was able to get her mouth fully around the breast instead of just biting. I also recommend you get a lactation consultation and help afterwards where someone comes into your home and helps you and the baby improve your breast feeding groove. Because like Sarah, your baby might be used to biting to get the milk which can continue to hurt.
I hope this helps you. Please share with all the mommas and going to be mommas you know.
For your Total Wellness,
Dr. Mary Starr Carter
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