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I always intended to breast feed my baby for as long as I could. I had my baby girl just over 5 weeks now and she was my first. I never thought I would have problems breast feeding and have always believed that its the best thing for baby.
When she was born she was not interested in breast, had trouble attaching, staying attached, she would fall asleep, would need continuing prompting to suck, and her suck was not powerful enough. She started getting really distressed at feed times. I was then told on about the 4th day she had a tongue tie but was not told it could be fixed. I was still in hospital and on 5th night the nurses said go to bottle and express my milk.
I found this more tiring as bub's tongue meant bottle feeds took up to an hour and sometimes more, then I had to express which was nearly an hour after pumping collecting cleanin, and readying for next round.
I left the hospital on the 7th day. From expressing my milk, I started suffering large blisters over milk ducts which I then would have to wipe off to collect milk, got blocked ducts, cracked nipples to the extent of one of my nipples nearly getting cut off. Because of this I had to stop expressing from that particular breast for a day(this was on a couple of occassions)then I would get recurring mastisis.
I ended up giving up by 3.5-4th week. I feel like a complete failure especially to my daughter who seemed much better on breast milk, she would not suffer colic, reflux and would drink faster than the formula. It is still really upsetting me.
I am also annoyed that noone offered the snip of the extra skin under tongue to bubby when she was born(as less of impact on her at that stage) I could of breast feed her then and given her the protection and less stress that she needed. She is still struggling with bottles (taking on average 40 mins for minimum amount). It looks like now she is going to be referred to a speech pathologist I have no breast milk now and she is more aware now if I am told she will benefit from snip it will be more of a recovery time for her. Did anyone else suffer similar problems? Did you end up getting the snip of extra skin? Do you ever stop feeling like you have failed yourself and your baby, for what should be a natural thing? sad
Hi there, sounds like you've had a tought time. Don't be too hard on yourself. I know how you feel, I have three children and all have been toungue tied. My first they told me wasn't severe enough to do anything about, however in hindsight I wish we'd had the snip done. My son had probs breastfeeding and consequently was only bf to 4 months. He is now 5 and has had speech therapy on and off since the age of 3. At 3yrs he went into hospital, put under general anasthetic and had the tt snipped. My second also had problems feeding which affected his weight gain. He was snipped at 4 weeks of age and then thrived, he gained weight, speech has developed much better than with 1st DS. He cried when they cut, but he bf straight away and there was no further probs, no signs of pain, no recovery time at all. My 3rd DS was sniped at about 2 hours old and he has had absolutely no prob with breastfeeding, his speech is developing normally and he has been fine.

My advice would be just get it done. Personally I wouldn't be bothering with a speech therapist at this young age, but if you feel so pasionatley about bf your daughter, then maybe you could go see a lactation consultant. The lc at my hospital organised the referral for my boys to have the tt cut, and then she was able to help me re-establish breastfeeding. Good luck, I hope you sort out all these worries soon.
Sorry to hear about your problems, all 3 of my kids are tongue tied. We didn't have the problems with feeding, but now 1st DS is 5 1/2, he has been having speech therapy since he was 4, speech therapist was the one that picked up on the tongue tie. We had his tongue done 6 months ago and noticed a big change in his speech. If you are having problems with eating I would get it looked at and fixed sooner than later. My doctor is at Westmead Childrens hospital I could recommend if you like. You have never failed when bringing kids into the world, all you can do is your best. Don't make yourself feel guilty, this is not your fault just nature making things a bit harder for us.

Sorry to hear about your problems, all 3 of my kids are tongue tied. We didn't have the problems with feeding, but now 1st DS is 5 1/2, he has been having speech therapy since he was 4, speech therapist was the one that picked up on the tongue tie. We had his tongue done 6 months ago and noticed a big change in his speech. If you are having problems with eating I would get it looked at and fixed sooner than later. My doctor is at Westmead Childrens hospital I could recommend if you like. You have never failed when bringing kids into the world, all you can do is your best. Don't make yourself feel guilty, this is not your fault just nature making things a bit harder for us.

Hi my baby boy was tongue tied too, he is now 17 weeks and had surgery under general anaesthetic to have the tt released. I have complained of sore nipples since day one, and have been told by numerous parties ie GP/ Plunket etc, to try a deeper latch when breast feeding/ make sure I was positioning correctly and so on. I perserved with bf but it got too the point that my nipples were cracked/ grazed and the pain was shooting up my arm when bub was feeding. And was on the verge of giving up. At my 12 week plunket check the nurse there thought he was tongue tied and suggested I go to a lactation group that was held locally. There a lactation consultant confimred the tongue tie and suggested I see a doctor that deals with tounge tie babies. As bub was to old to have the snip we were referred to a specialist and had the surgery done when he was 14 weeks. Three weeks on, I am still bf and it has become easier, nipples are still tender, but no way as bad as before. The specialist had told me it may take some time for my baby to relearn the art of feeding.
All I can say and stress to any of you, if you feel that things are not right with you or your baby, then things are most likely NOT RIGHT. I always felt that i was feeding correctly and so did my family who have been great support. The doubt came when I was getting told by the people who should of been able to help that I should check my technique. If in doubt keep asking the questions and finding new sources that will listen to you.
Thank-you you have made me feel better smile. I am moreso just disapointed and annoyed at how much you get panalised for not breastfeeding now. I have now got an appointment with a surgeon here on wednesday 4th feb. I had to beg to get in earlier appointment but the important thing is she is in. I am more concerned now more than ever that it is more than a tongue tie. Gabrielle is struggling more than ever on her bottles and she keeps falling asleep. I have an appointment with her pediatrian this week as well, I am hoping there is nothing to be concerned about...
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My DS too was born tongue tied. My fantastic doctor snipped it right there and then whist I was still in the theatre after an emergency C-section. I too wanted to breast feed being a first time mum but found whilst he would latch on would not suck from the breast. After attemptiong to express feed for 5 days, I gave up as I had no milk and found I was stressing myself and bub. Dont beat your self up. I have found it to be a much better bonding experience being able to enjoy feeds with my baby and he is much happier within himself too...

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