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Did your Baby Have Tongue Tie

Did your baby have tongue tie? How did you identify it, and how long before you realised? Who spotted it, and how did you get it resolved. Please can you share any advice for one of our mums who suspects tongue tie but isn't getting any help...

The amazing mums on our facebook page have shared their experiences.   These are their own words......

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Lactation consultant diagnosed our girl the day she was born however it was not followed up with and she still has it at 5months old, the hospital won't put her on the public list. I wasn't able to breastfeed and she is still very spilly while drinking from a bottle, also can't stick her tongue out of her mouth we're going to pay for a private surgery to get it released

 

My four month old has a fairly significant tongue tie, my midwife spotted it almost straight away. I decided not to get it snipped as she always fed well and gained weight. I think it can be pushed to get them snipped unnecessarily a lot but also if your baby isn’t feeding well or isn’t gaining well I’ve heard it can help a lot. My advice is to speak to people who are neutral - maybe a GP or lactation consultant rather than get advice from the people who snip them.

 

#1 couldn’t latch so was 3 days old when it was identified and 5 days old when it was cut. Numbers 2 and 3 we had checked at birth and both had it so were cut/released within 24-36 hours of birth. No further problems at all....

 

My last baby did and the midwife picked up on it the 2nd day after he was born and she even made the appointment at a local dentist, unfortunately it does cost $200. Unfortunately for me I ended up back in hospital in an emergency but on the plus side the hospital snipped his tongue tie for me. Was a saving grace as I always struggled with breastfeeding due to infections ect etc and I managed to feed him for 6 months after the tongue tie was sorted. I highly recommend seeking help for it, whether breastfeeding or not as they say it can affect their speech later on depending on severity of tongue tie. Ask the midwife or plunket and they should be able to say yes or no and point u in the right direction.
Never be afraid to seek help! Good luck

 

Keep asking!!
Ours was identified by a midwife at birth but we were told it was only minor and as long as her output and weight gain were okay (which they were), to ignore it.
We noticed our girl couldn’t extend her tongue, feeding was excruciating for me and a lot of damage was being done to my nipples.
We had four different midwives tell us the same thing.
At week 3 I was hospitalised for mastitis and finally a hospital lactation consultant snipped it with scissors, however there was only a marginal improvement in our difficulties.
At around week 4 we took her to an Osteopath her said she believed her tie was still an issue, and recommended a lactation consultant in a neighbouring DHB. This LC diagnosed her with one of the worst grade 4 ties she’d seen and referred us to the Old Villa Dental in Hamilton to have it lasered. While we were there they also treated an undiagnosed lip tie.
Instant improvement!!!
Keep searching for answers, as a first time Mum I didn’t know the difference between adjusting to breastfeeding and actual issues, but my instinct told me it shouldn’t be as hard as it was.
All the very very best xxx

 

midwife spotted mine and my baby got his sniped at 8 weeks old it caused him to no be able to breast feed properly and lost heapsa weight ended up on formula at 3 weeks old even that was hard to get him on...it was my choice to get it sniped after it he was great put on weight fast ended up being a monster lol

 

All 3 children of mine have had a tie. I was prepared for my kids to have them as both myself and hubby had them as babies too. My MW and LC were really good as we were prepared for them. Younger two got there's cut on day 2, after having to wait untill day 9 with oldest. Was more prepared after the first baby and was much more pushy as I knew it would impact feeding so much. Still currently feeding #3 at one Year old, and his was the worst tie of the three.

 

Yep tongue and lip tie... our midwife spotted it and we had it resolved by Dr Venter at Henderson Medical Centre in akl, he was fantastic

A lactation consultant can diagnose it or you can tell by how sore it is to breastfeed. Specialised lactation consultants can snip the tie in the tongue depending on the severity

 

Noticed it as soon as she was born. Got told they would deal with it before we left hospital, I couldn't breastfeed. They did nothing she was 3 months by the time a paediatrican did something about it.

 

At birth by my midwife. His was all the way to the tip of his tounge and right to the edge of his lip. Feeding problems were pretty bad. Got it fixed after 1 week. If you are in Dunedin we are pretty lucky we have a Doctor who pretty much snips them

 

My midwife picked it up after watching how he wasn't latching properly or feeding well, it was in the 1st week. We went to a doctor in the hospital the following day (midwife arranged this) and it was snipped and sorted within 15 minutes. Definitely keep on it until they sort it, sooner the better

 

Tongue tie spotted by me at day two.
Told it wasn’t by the nursing staff, the lactation consultant and paediatrician
Bub was slipping off the nipple , clicking, windy.
Breast feeding stopped at 9 days old.
On bottles, windy, clicking, spilling milk, the works. Again told no tie at 6 weeks check with paediatrician and several MCHN’s until one finally felt under her tongue at 5 months... seen by a private IBCLC. And found to be 70% tied!
Snipped in first consult .. all symptoms stopped!
If you think they are tied or you are finding feeding difficult or more painful than you expected, find a private IBCLC!!!

 

My third had a lip & tongue tie. I knew something wasn’t right with her feeding but she was gaining weight so no-one was interested. I could only feed in certain positions on each side, needed all kinds of pillows to support, had a huge over supply as well as a powerful letdown and a baby who screamed in the car & Buggy.
At 16 weeks I went privately to an LC who diagnosed and provided me with info & options and suggested seeing an Osteo.
I chose to have the ties lasered - absolute best decision. The car ride home after the procedure was the first where she didn’t scream & within 2 weeks my oversupply had settled, letdown was manageable, didn’t need pillows & could feed in the cradle hold. Continued feeding her till she was 20 months.

 

My lil man had a tongue and lip tie. Tongue was diagnosed a few days after birth (he wasn't latching properly, wasn't putting on weight and was destroying my nipples) so we got it lasered at Changing Faces in Hamilton. While we were there they diagnosed a lip tie so did that at the same time. Ever since he has been gaining weight, latching and feeding really well. Keep searching until you get answers/get it sorted xx

 

Lactation consultant spotted it at 2 months. It was minor but he also had lip tie. We couldnt feed without a nipple sheild and it was extremely painful. Because it was minor we tried some excercises to help but they didnt get enough improvement so she recommended we get it done privately. Cost $170 with a 3 week wait but the relief was instant he latched perfectly in the waiting room after the procedure and we have been golden ever since .

 

My midwife did and referred me had it cut within 2 weeks. I had real trouble with my boy latching. The midwife at Waitakere hospital did it can probably just book in directly for them to assess? (If I’m Auckland)

 

Wasn’t picked up till 4 weeks, she would latch fine but always slipped off. I phoned changing faces in tears asking for an appointment and the diagnosed grade 4 tongue and lip tie. My advice, just get it checked if you suspect made and instant change in her feeding cleared her jaundice and she put on massive gains. I changed from an emotional mess to relief and I was able to enjoy my baby instead of anxiety, anger and sadness

 

My son was diagnosed with tounge tie by my midwife the day after he was born due to a poor latch and excruciating pain while feeding. I was very lucky that I got a referral to see a pediatrician a week later, and they snipped it straight away. Unfortunately things didn't improve breastfeeding-wise so we used bottles instead.
When I had my 2nd baby, she was diagnosed with tounge tie immediately after her birth. Breastfeeding wasn't painful so we left it to see how she went. After 2 weeks the pain was becoming excruciating and her weight gain had stalled, so we were referred to see the lactation consultant who also snipped it right away for us. Instant improvement and successfully breastfed for almost 1 year.
Very lucky that we didn't have to go private to get them resolved. It seems unfortunate that many mums struggle to get tounge ties diagnosed and resolved these days, which is quite sad because it is really such a minor procedure that can have huge benefits for mum and baby.

 

spotted it as soon as he was put on me, lactation consultant, midwives, everyone said 'it'll be fine'. He tore me to shreds feeding and we never bfed full time (mainly pumping and formula) and we stopped trying to bfed altogether by 6 weeks. An awful Plunket woman told me to try harder to feed. His tongue looks like a little heart or a lizard when he tries to poke it out. I wish we pushed and got it done when he was little!

 

When my baby was born he cried and my midwife picked it up straight away. He was so badly tounge tied that he could not latch on my breast to feed. We had to wait 2 days to get him fixed with water laser. As soon as he had it done I could feed him on the breast with no problems. He is now nearly 3 and has no problems with speech. ( he had top and bottom lips fixed)

 

Mine took 6 weeks to find and my plunket nurse spotted it and it totally made sense as soon as she said it. My wee boy was a spilly feeder and it was not very comfortable feeding him. Within 2 weeks we had been to see the oral surgeon to get it snipped. It was a really quick easy procedure and made a real difference.

 

SELF REFER!! (To a specialist lactation consultant) I noticed myself at 10 weeks old a huge lip tie and up until then everyone said it was fine, I told plunket a few days later that I had referred myself and they were like oh we wouldn't have missed that, then they looked and were like oh yeah she does...cost me about $150 for initial consultation but health insurance paid the rest (about $450 through an oral surgeon)

 

I noticed at birth but no one listened to me until my son was 3 months old. He had a heart shaped tongue and the doctor snipped it. He really didn’t want to but I told him that I wanted it done.

 

It took 8 weeks for my eldest’s to be identified after several visits to an LC. In her defence it was a particularly unusual tie. But it meant that she never latched without the help of a big sized shield and we ended up going to bottles at 12 weeks because she could feed from them fine and my supply wasn’t holding up. We never got it corrected and it hasn’t affected her.

 

My 4th baby had one. I noticed around 8 weeks he was getting spilly and noisy when he fed. He also started to not gain weight amd my supply dropped. Phoned plunket and got a referral to the hospital LC. She diagnosed tongue tie. There is a doctor in Palmerston North who snips for only forty dollars compared to 500 plus through some dental practices. It helped but he never really re learned and i felt like i was being chewed. Best to sort sooner but still ok to do later if your worried about speech

 

lactation consultant saw my daughters posterior tie. got it snipped at 6wks. horrible experience would def laser a posterior tie next time! made no difference even with bottles but she had other issues too we found out much later - short tongue and high pallet. she relied purely on suck as she couldnt press

2/3 of my children had tongue ties. Things to look out for (if it's not your first child) feeding is harder.

They my suffer from wind pain due to sucking more air than milk at feeds.

Clicking sound when feeding as the loose suction. If breastfeeding this is accompanied by nipple pain due to biting rather than properly sucking and suckling in the tip of nipple rather than being able to latch on to more breast.

Waking to feed more often.

Also when crying you may observe a love heart shaped tongue.

Please not there is also lip ties which are harder to see so if in doubt ask your GP or even self refer to your local Plunket Family Centre or lactation consultant. (My Plunket nurse didn't have a clue but her senior in Lactation advise was my go to at our local family centre).

My daughter was diagnosed with a tongue tie by my midwife the day after she was born as she wouldn't match and it was very painful to feed. I was able to get it snipped at our doctors 2 days later. Although still no difference to latching she was bottle fed expressed milk

 

I went to an osteo who was able to release the tongue muscles to help with our tongue tie, it was only a small tongue tie though

 

My son was born with tongue tie. Midwife spotted it at two days old. I did nothing about it as he was feeding fine. He is now 6, has no speech impediments but is not able to protrude his tongue as far as other kids. They call it a strawberry tip because it has two points instead of one.

Daughter has a lip tie which we got cut as she wasn’t feeding well and was doing damage to me! Again spotted by the midwife on her visit and then went to a dental practice to have it fixed. She also has a tongue tie but only very minor so we chose to leave it as is.

 

Both my daughters had tongue and lip tie, I first noticed the pain in the underside of my nipples, really badly cracked, nipples came out after feeding the shape of lipstick Raynauds (unsure of spelling) kicked it which was also painful! Lactation consultant confirmed suspicions, changes of latch did not improve with either child, both were revised and successfully fed until after 15 months :) see someone who will listen and refer you in to a lactation specialist, even Facebook support groups are great!

 

Midwife spotted lip and tounge tie in my first (which we had corrected), and lip tie in my second (which we didn't correct as he fed very well), both in their post birth checks. We got ours done by water laser at old villa dental which was painless and simple. Or if you are local to the waikato contact Alys Brown midwife and lactation consultant - she is awesome.

 

Our little boy had a tip lie. Wasn’t picked up the 6 weeks we were in NICU despite that he could only feed with a nipple shield. I identified it in the end, asked my Plunket nurse and home care nurse what they thought then went and had it assessed and corrected myself. No one seemed very worried about it but he feeds like a champ now!

 

My midwife told us that our baby had tongue tie & lip tie and said it would be fine, it was difficult to breastfeed and was very sore, she got a lot of wind etc I went to changing faces myself a place in Hamilton and went in for the free consult and they said yes that the tongue and lip tie was stage 4 which is the worst stage and was water lasered and in 2 minutes it was done and we went home. Everything was perfect then on. She was 2 weeks old.

 

Is she in Auckland? If so I can recommend a great lactation consultant who helped with our son’s when we weren’t getting help elsewhere

 

My son was tongue tied to the tip. We were told it is normally picked up in the initial checks at the hospital, but we had emergency c-sect as midwives were changing shifts the check was overlooked. Bubs was hungry even straight after he was feed, hospital midwives said I wasn't latching him properly. It was only when we were home that my home midwife checked - et voila. Had a referral to the doctor. He told us that some doctors / health surgeries snip them (his grand daughter had just been done) but not ours. He referred , then the hospital. First hospital doctor said it didn't need doing, gave me a lecture on third world countries and how they dealt with it, and infant mortality there. At the time I was a sleep deprived new mother and I didn't understand the link. Eleven years later, I still don't know the link! I know I left in tears and went back to my GP who referred us for a second opinion, which led to surgery at 5.5 months under general anesthetic - and the difference in feeding was instant. For 5.5 months I breastfeed my son and then feed him a bottle of expressed milk straight after. He slept through the night long before I did - getting up to pump every four hours lol. I would do it all again though. At the time it was exhausting and seemed all consuming, but now I look back and think that of all the issues we could have had, this was so simple to resolve. Also pleased to say that we managed to breastfeed until he was 2.5.

My drs just told me yesterday my 2yr old has this. We have never had any problems but I’ve been wondering why it wasn’t noticed

 

I suspected my boy had a tongue tie. Two doctors, my midwife and lactation consultant all told me he didn't cos it wasn't easily visible so they couldn't see anything wrong. I preserved and after changing his doctor was promptly told, at 9 weeks old, that he had a tie. I'd actually taken him to the doctor for something else but he was crying so doctor noticed it.

I took him to old villa dental in Hamilton to get it layered and he actually had two tongue ties and a lip tie.

All 4 children have/had tongue and upper lip tie. Only the last child was treated! I identified the issue in all of them myself with a little research, and had it comfirmed by lactation consultant with child3&4. Managed to breastfeed all of them for at least a year regardless. Don't feel that treatment of the last child made a significant difference.
Many midwives/lactation consultants/gps can diagnose and treat on the spot- charges vary depending on who you see or where you go. Mine cost $60 and my lovely Plunket nurse did the referral for me.

 

My son was 2 weeks old and was having colic symptoms so talked with my midwife. She watched us feeding and got us to make an appointment to see the lactation specialist a couple days later. He was diagnosed with a severe tounge tie. His tounge couldn't go past his gum line. We had a choice public system and wait or private and get in faster.
We went private and booked in directly thankfully there was was a last minute cancellation so we got in later that week. Some local and a snip later and we hadan immediately change in his behaviour and feeding. We never looked back.

 

It's really important to see a LC who is well educated in lip and tongue ties. Not all of them are. In NZ, appropriate diagnosis and treatment can be heavily impacted by personal opinions on ties by professionals (it is a controversial area for some bizarre reason) and also by politics (eg in the region I live, the DHB has put in new regulations in place to reduce the number of tongue tie releases both publicly and privately, which means babies who would benefit from releases are not getting them, putting even the most educated and aware LCs in a very difficult position (not to mention the mothers and babies who are suffering through feeding or ending feeding before they had wanted to). I would suggest joining this group to ask for specific advice and LC recommendations https://www.facebook.com/groups/tonguetienz/

 

My son had a tongue tie and the lactation consultant spotted it when he was 1 day-old because he could not latch properly. Nipple shield helped but not great. She referred my son to the only pediatrician in Tauranga who would cut it if it was necessary. She even called him back to have an appointment as soon as possible when she saw me so distressed. When my son was just 1 week-old, the pediatrician checked the tongue tie and my son’s ability to suck. He said cutting it would definitely help him to breastfeed properly so my husband and I agree and he cut it. It took less than a minute. After that, no more problems with breastfeeding! I still don’t understand why it seems to be such a big deal, whereas it solves breastfeeding trouble in less than a minute.

 

Our 2nd baby (now 9 weeks) had both a lip and deep tongue tie. Our postnatal midwife (also a lactation consultant) picked it up several weeks after birth when she learned the baby wasnt feeding well even with nipple shields. He wasnt gaining enough weight either. She referred him to an ENT specialist who confirmed the lip and tongue tie. They were released at the same appointment. His feeding immediately improved and after a couple of weeks he was making much better weight gains.

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My wee girl had this. The midwife, paediatrician and lactation consultant all told me she was fine but at 12 weeks when I was still crying to feed and pinched nipples I knew it wasn’t right. I had to keep pushing and in the end flew to Hamilton to changing faces to have it done without a referral. She had a grade 4 ( the worst) lip tie and a posterior tongue tie. She would have had big gaps in her teeth. The relief was immediate. I had to continue to do exercises to make sure it didn’t re attach but it was amazing. The lactation consultant tried to tell me I had raynauds and give me blood thinners!. Google the symptoms, my wee girl slipped from her latch when feeding, feed every few hours, clicked when she fed and pinched my nipples! Without following my gut I would have given up breast feeding at 3 months and instead fed until 8!

 

My little man had his snipped yesterday, he’s 14weeks. He’s put on weight ok, but feeding has never been easy (pulls off a lot etc) and I was worried about what implications would be down the track - easier to have it fixed now.
I’m living in Hobart, Tasmania. We had to get it done privately. Have a look at website for “Mouthworks” if you’re looking for more info.

 

Midwife noticed it on day 1 and mentioned it to us. We weren't concerned about it and left it. But after 2 weeks of a very windy baby with projectile vomitting and painful feeding she mentioned it again. I looked into lip and tongue tie myself done a bit of research. From my research I found couple things that decided it for me. It can cause orthodontic issue and a lisp if it's left. The public health care system has a huge wait list and they generally will leave ties as by the time they see you baby is now bigger and eating solids so no longer having issues feeding. They also believe its a bit of a fad to have a tongue tie now and people want it done for the hell of it. And not that more people are breastfeeding now than bottle feeding so it's more of an issue. We went private, and were recommended a place (Old Villa Dental in Hamilton $200, opposed to the $500 in Auckland). We got it done with a water laser - incredible to watch. No pain either as nerve endings haven't formed in the mouth until around a yr.
Took a few days to notice the difference as he had to learn to feed again. But was so worth it, no pain for me, no vomitting and was less wind. Worth doing your research into where its done too so you dont have to go back if they don't do it well enough the first time.

 

Baby 1 - yes - I knew to look because I had one, that was released at age 2. It was confirmed by lactation consultant, released at 3 months when we started to have latching problems. Baby 2 - yes - I looked, midwife confirmed, released by pediatrician in hospital before discharge. Both were released by a simple cut that bearly bleed. If you suspect a tongue tie then a midwife, lactation consultant, health nurse or gp should all be able to confirm and offer advice as to wether it needs releasing.

 

Our daughter was tongue tied. Her dad was the first to notice it not long after she was born but midwife didn’t believe there was one. The excruciating pain and damaged nipples confirmed there was something not quite right with her latch. Finally got referred to a lactation consultant when she was 3 weeks old and they snipped it then and there. Thankfully they picked it up which meant we’ve been able to feed for 17 months and counting

Pregnant with number 2 now and will be seeing Yvonne Le Fort in Milford, Auckland when baby is born so she can do a full oral assessment.

 

My first was diagnosed with tongue tie but I didn’t do anything about it as feeding was fine. He’s five now and doesn’t seem to affect him. My third had a nasty tongue and lip tie, released on day 4 (private at the dentist) but my nipples were already so badly damaged I couldn’t put him on the boob for another week. I didn’t look after it well enough and his tongue healed back into a tie so had to get it released again (free that time). In hind sight I should have followed it up again, I fed him for 13 months but it was never a very comfortable latch.

 

Our midwife picked up on a slight tongue tie at birth but as she was latching fine didn’t take it any further. When we began having issues with feeding and went to see a lactation consultant, she noticed the same thing and referred us first to an osteo to see if that would correct it. When that didn’t do it, she referred us to see a specialist who confirmed a lip and tongue tie before snipping it (at 5 weeks). If it is affecting feeding, I would see a lactation consultant!

 

Son had a tongue tie which wasn’t picked up for the first few days - he wasn’t feeding (even though a midwife said he latched beautifully), ended up dehydrated and back in nicu so had next baby checked and sure enough she had a bad tie too. Surgeon cut it when she was in nicu (she was there cause she was prem). I’d get your midwife to check for it as soon as you have baby

 

Changing faces in Hamilton are amazing.
Was finally told my son had lip and tongue tie at 7 months I knew something wasnt right the hole time even though there was no pain he feed every hour had jaw tremmers he also had good weight gain as my milk would just flow into his mouth finaly had a lc who listed to our hole story not just part of it!

 

Midwife saw lip and tongue tie when bubs was about 5 weeks old. Had it corrected by laser at changing faces in Hamilton. Baby was feeding well, had a slow weight gain (didn’t change once corrected, just a small baby) but got it corrected as can cause problems with speech, starting solids etc

 

My girl was 8 weeks when we got her tongue tie removed. I knew she wasn’t latching properly went to the Dr and he confirmed that she had a tongue tie.Booked with Dr Minee $40 got it done at Hokowhitu medical centre in Palmerston North so worth it she also had lip tie and we got that done just before Christmas

 

Both my girls had tongue ties. My first was identified straight away in hospital by the paediatrician and fixed on the spot. The second was finally done at 13weeks. I had to go private but only after I talked to 2 different midwives, an cranial osteopath, and 2 lactation consultants!! I was really upset and in the end decided it was after googling lots of information. There didn’t seem to be a clear way to diagnose the issue but I was in terrible pain every feed and she made a very loud clicking/sucking noise.

 

I recommend the lactation consultants at Waikato hospital (Debbie is awesome) - u can ring to make an app. And then I also recommend changing faces in hamilton. They dont do it unless it's needed and they r brilliant. I'd also recommend La Leche League. U can go to their website and find the nearest one. Very supportive and helpful. Debbie the lactation consultant at Waikato hospital is also the leader of the Cambridge one. Each LLL group has people u can ring to get help if needed. Just go to their page and u will be able to get their phone numbers.

 

Wasn’t till 5 and a half weeks when she was first seen by plunket , we went private and had it lasered at specialist dentist surgeons . Depends where you are located but maybe you could by pass everyone and go to a private dentist that specialises in tongue ties.
I didn’t realise at the time but she had a lot of the signs,
*Bad wind
*Messy feeder -milk leaking out side of mouth
*My milk started to diminish especially didn’t have enough at night
These where some of the main ones for me.
Once it was lasered I didn’t have to top up at night with formula, I didn’t need a cloth below my breast for all the milk that leaked out of her mouth and the wind got a lot better, no more screaming for hours!
Good luck

My baby had a tongue tie that wasn’t detected until 4 months old. I never had pain or soreness which meant no one took me seriously but my baby had terrible colic and kept slipping off and making funny sounds so I knew it wasn’t right. My GP said shes just a “bad feeder” and an LC couldn’t suggest anything except keep trying. Finally got it diagnosed by an LC a friend recommended, had it snipped with scissors privately the next day and now she feeds like a dream and the colic is gone!! I was gutted it took so long to diagnose.

 

All 3 of my babies have posterior tongue ties. With my first multiple midwives and lactation consultants said no tie. He would click, slip off breast, damaged my nipples tongue cupped in middle when crying and didn't go up high etc my midwife suspected it after few weeks and suggested a local gp who cuts them. Second I suspected it and booked appt with Dr within days of birth. 3rd again had multiple people tell me no tie or it not cause of issues but booked with Dr again and he spotted it quickly.

Both mime supposedly did. First waa marginal and got reffured to the hospital to see the paediatrition who is a snipper. He said it was pur choice to get ir done or not as wasn't that bad and we did and made a small amount of difference . Our second appeared to be latching ok but the pain lasted for months despite seing every lactation consultant and others abput it no-one cpuld work it out and I went to see jakie wheeler in Palmerston North who said it was a posterior one. This time i felt worse for doing it it was horrible quite a lot more blood and baby screamed for ages and wouldn't latch on for many hours. I didnt feel it made any difference I think maybe a month or so later it didn't hurt any more by then she was probably 5 months. I'm not convinced I did the right thing and I felt they would snip anyone that went to see them

It’s such a tricky one, my son wouldn’t latch, and we were encouraged to cut, which we did privately and it made him worse for weeks (so much mastitis!) It wasn’t until we were referred to a great lactation consultant another 6 weeks later (at Waikato hospital) and she picked up the smallest positional thing, which changed our whole world for the better (that hospital midwives, LMC, Plunket etc had all missed - and it wasn’t my first feeding rodeo either) - sometimes a lactation consultant is a better place to start than those that get paid the money for snipping. Obviously there are obvious and real needs for them to be cut, but it needs to be tempered with good advice also.

pay for a visit from a private lactation consultant. $60. they came to our home that week. 5 mins needed to diagnose lip tie and posterior tongue tie. booked into dentist for 2 days later. laser eek what a hard day and night but then so sooooo worth it.

Our son was about 5/6weeks old when my midwife suggested this might be the issue - I was struggling with breastfeeding and his reflux was quite bad, due to him not latching properly and taking in lots of air made it worse. Midwife referred us to a lactation consultant immediately. Lactation consultant did an assessment and check. She booked our boy in to have the tongue release done within a week. Breastfeeding/latching has improved significantly. Ask for a referral to lactation consultant

We struggled to feed for 5 months before my plunket nurse sent us to a lactation consultant who immediately found the tongue tie. I would say that if you have any troubles feeding, see a consultant

Yes my oldest son did. My midwife found it at a few days old because of difficulty with breastfeeding. We went to a specialist that would only do it if needed doing. When my youngest was born we took him to get checked as well but no tongue or lip tie.

Our 7th baby had a really bad tongue tie - picked up early - but the said the chance of a major bleed outweighed the benefits of having it done. We moved to Australia, and he had it done under general anaesthetic when he was over a year old. My latest talker, with a LOT of mispronounced words, and we put it down to this. Got better just before he turned 4.

DS #1 had tongue tie (tt) DS#2 tt and lip tie (lt) and DS#3 tt & lt first got snipped at 3 months second lasered at 3 months and third lasered at 10 days old. All dismissed or ignored by Plunkett nurse and found out by lactation consultant.

 

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