Breastfeeding with a Tongue Tie

I wrote a while ago about the difficulties I was having feeding Noah, and my mastitis. I got discharged from the breast clinic a few weeks ago, just before our holidays, with a very nice letter which contained the edict: “she is to continue breastfeeding”. 

Well, I actually have continued to breastfeed, not least because of this command, but also because it’s a pretty convenient way to give Noah milk πŸ™‚

Noah, however, doesn’t find it super easy to get milk from me. He fusses, pulls on and off, never latches deeply and often just holds my nipple in his lips. He screams if the milk comes too quickly, and will sometimes just refuse point blank to continue, even if he was starving hungry before. 

I went to a meeting of La Leche League, and had a feed observed by one of their friendly, helpful volunteer leaders. A number of health professionals had observed a feed, and checked Noah for a tongue tie, but all said he was ok, and as he has gained weight from the very beginning, no one has followed up on the problems I’ve told them we were having. However, La Leche League breastfeeding counsellors are fully trained in all the ins and outs of breastfeeding, and Noah was quickly diagnosed with a posterior tongue tie. Amazingly, and really very helpfully, the breastfeeding counsellor made a referral to the clinic for a tongue tie division.  It is such a relief that you don’t have to go back to a GP to convince them! 

Noah’s appointment is on Tuesday. I am equal parts scared and excited. I don’t want to put all my hope on the idea this will make feeding him easier, that it will stop him being sick after or during his feeds due to the air he takes in because of the poor latch.

Wish us luck! 

Beautwins
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20 Comments

  1. March 6, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    Oh poor you. I’ve heard that it is really difficult feeding a little one with tongue tie. I know everyone’s experience is different but just a positive comment for you – one of my friend’s recently had a little one with tongue tie who found it MUCH better once tie was cut. Hope you have a similar positive experience.

    • March 7, 2015 / 7:42 pm

      Thank you, I do hope so too! It’s not been too bad for me, I just worry about Noah because of the obvious pain he is in when he’s full of air due to his poor latch. We’ll see how it goes after Tuesday!

  2. March 6, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    I’m so glad that you got an answer and that it’s being sorted – I really hope it makes breastfeeding easier for you – you’re doing so well πŸ™‚ #weekendbloghop

    • March 7, 2015 / 7:37 pm

      Thank you! We’ll have to wait and see how it goes after Tuesday!

  3. March 6, 2015 / 9:38 pm

    Oh my love you have my greatest empathy, my termite has a very obvious tongue tie and I new immediately! But it took a fight to get help, if only I had known la leche could be so helpful! Good luck stand firm and take no none sense

    • March 7, 2015 / 7:36 pm

      Thank you, it’s a funny old thing, isn’t it? Lots of media coverage right now about how mums feel lots of pressure to breastfeed. I can’t say I have felt pressure, just an assumption I know what I’m doing so can get on with it. Thank goodness for La Leche League!

  4. March 7, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    Awesome. I know ever mom is different. Some want to nurse and other choose formula. Whatever the choice, kudos. I’m still breastfeeding my 18
    Month old. I plan for going until he’s 2, as I did with his sis.

    • March 7, 2015 / 7:34 pm

      Great idea, I hope you meet your goal. I finished nursing James when he was 18 months, because I fell pregnant with Noah, but also because he was ready. It’s a convenient and free way to feed a baby!

  5. March 8, 2015 / 6:38 am

    Oh wow, amazing you! It can be tough enough as it is without the added challenge of tongue tie. My friends little girl had this and had the op. All worked out fine in the end. You will both be fine but good luck all the same. Thank you for linking to #SundayStars Kat xx

    • March 8, 2015 / 7:26 pm

      Thank you, it’s interesting to see just how common it is. I’m hopeful IT will be a super easy procedure and has a good effect on our nursing sessions. Thanks for visiting!

  6. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)
    March 8, 2015 / 7:07 am

    Visiting from #sundaystars and really hope that everything goes well with the procedure. It’s actually more common than you’d think, two of my friends have children who had the same thing and the results were amazing. Thanks so much for sharing and by the way I love the design of your blog – so clean and easy to read x

    • March 8, 2015 / 7:27 pm

      Oh, I like that Michelle! Love that the results were amazing for them; hopefully it will be the same here πŸ™‚
      Thanks for the compliment too!

  7. March 8, 2015 / 8:33 am

    I’m glad you’re getting the help you need. It’s such a simple procedure.
    My first 2 were both born with a tongue tie. I didn’t manage to breastfeed my first as help came far too late. It took 8 weeks for a division appointment and by then we’d had to give up. My second I was determined to breastfeed and preserved through the pain and poor latch just so I could.
    Tongue tie seems to be so common yet in our area there seems to be very little help. #SundayStars

    • March 8, 2015 / 7:29 pm

      I was interested to learn that midwives used to leave one little finger nail extra long so that they could cut a tongue tie at birth. Wouldn’t that be helpful (if slightly unhygienic!)!?

      • March 8, 2015 / 8:43 pm

        Probably completely against healthy and safety but an awesome idea! If it saved lots of women having these problems it would be worth it!

  8. March 8, 2015 / 8:54 am

    First off, WELL DONE for being so persistent and getting support. What a lucky boy Noah is. You must have been in considerable pain to have fed like that and with mastitis on top it can’t have been easy. #sundaysstars

    • March 8, 2015 / 7:31 pm

      Thank you, mastitis was horrid, but mostly it was unpleasant because it took so long to shift. I do feel a bit stubborn sometimes, because it’s not the easiest way for Noah to feed, and he lets me know! It would be easker for him to be bottle fed. I can’t be bothered with all that!!

  9. March 8, 2015 / 10:40 pm

    Oh, poor you. I am sorry that you and Noah are struggling with breast feeding. You are doing so well continuing to breast feed despite these issues. It seems that the diagnosis of tongue tie is a real problem. Good luck with Noah’s appointment on Tuesday. I hope it goes well. Thanks for linking up to #SundaysStars. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  10. March 9, 2015 / 9:26 am

    This is so weird as I have a Noah (who is now 19 months old) and we had the same problems, kept being told to feed even though it was obvious something wasn’t right. Then my health visitor as a last resort from me crying my eyes out to her referred us to a tongue tie specialist. Thank goodness she had a cancelation and we were in the next day. Tongue tie (that I was told he didn’t have) was cut and feeding so much better!! Good luck #sundaystars xx

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