I want to share our journey with all of you.
Not because I need or want sympathy, but because I would love to help someone else catch this sooner than we did. I was on bed rest for the last month of pregnancy due to high blood pressure & low amniotic fluid. Ashyln was born via c-section because of being breech throughout the pregnancy. My mom came a week earlier because Joel’s Grandpa Layman passed away 3 days before the scheduled c-section. We started off breastfeeding with a bang. I had no fears or concerns with breastfeeding. It was painful from the start (which should have been our first clue)...but I thought that I just had to give it time to toughen up. She made it back to her birth weight by her 2 week checkup, so all is good, RIGHT!?!
Hello! My name is Alma and I am a 29 year old mother of 4. All 4 of my kids have lip tie and I would like to share my story.
First I would like to mention that English is my second language and I had to teach my self to write, my phone helps me a lot, but to can only do so much for me. So if you are a grammar nazi.... You will hate me
I breastfed my oldest for 14 months, and I can honestly say that if it wasn't for the fact that I was living with my mother and she told me that I didn't breastfeed her I would have to find a new place to live (I had nowhere to go), I would have given up in a matter of days.
My hope is that sharing our story may help someone else.
Both my son's had a lot of issues breastfeeding feeding.
My first took 3 months to learn to latch with the help of LC and breastfeeding OT. He had silent reflux, torticolitis, weak suck, lip blisters, was finger fed for a month, used bottle therapeutically, had repeated thrush, and I had two bouts of mastitis. He also had noisy breathing until he was 3 which was finally diagnosed as "immature breathing apparatus" And even had issues with intermittent hearing loss due to fluid in his ears.
When my second was born 4 yrs later I thought I had it all figured out. I was convinced my issues with my first were a fluke. Unfortunately I had the exact same breastfeeding feeding issues with him. This time though I knew what to do. I connected w breast feeding OT and used all the same strategies Id learned w my first. He finally learned to latch at two months. I breastfed him until 28 months.
My baby girl and I have been fighting through ER visits, pediatricians, infant gastro specialists, and numerous LC's. Green frothy diapers with large amounts of blood, strict elimination diet, threat of a baby that is allergic/sensitive to everything, even MY breastmilk... Fussing for hours on end, and nursing in between fussing for hours on end. Bleeding, demolished nipples, PPD, thrush... The only thing we were blessed with was minimal healthy weight gain, but that was also our curse, since all the Dr.'s we were seeing seemed to be wielding that against me, saying it was my breastmilk that was the problem and she needed to be put on formula immediately.
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