Just want to say, my babe had a severe grade 4 tongue and lip tie, revised twice: at 4 weeks and then at 5 weeks. His suck was uncoordinated, he couldn't even keep a bottle in his mouth, and even through a shield he chomped my nipples so hard and caused such extensive damage that they're still not healed now nearly 4 months later. The stretches were tough, no one likes to hear their baby cry. And even though we tried everything (multiple Lactation Consultant visits, driving out of state for Craniosacral Therapy Sessions, supplemental nursing systems, shields, suck training, syringe feeding, and I could go on) for three solid months, he was never able to breastfeed. I exclusively pump now. Yet, I still consider revision the best parenting decision I have ever made. My son is a new baby. He's happy, he sleeps peacefully, he can suck down a bottle and be content, no more crying fits whenever it's time to feed him. His reflux is so much better, gas is a thing of the past, and he's gaining weight and thriving. Every time I see his sweet chub, I'm so grateful that we revised. Don't be discouraged!
I just thought I'd share. I have a 2 month old that never latched on, even had trouble with a nipple shield. After her first 3 weeks, i quit breast feeding because it was too much, 45 mins to an hour feeding with shield, then supplementing with bottle, then pumping... I put het on formula similac advance, seemed ok, found blood in her stool, pediatrician switched her to soy, her reflux was freaky bad and didnt tolerate that. She determined that she had milk soy protein intolerance and switched her to alimentum, an unreasonably expensive formula. She was also put on zantac for her reflux. I couldn't even change her diaper without her spitting up if she wasn't propped up. After several visits to er for not eating, or projectile vomiting, I decided that formula was NOT easier and decided to relactate (had been 3 weeks). I am now in 4 th week and produce about 2 ounces every 4 hours, not bad from starting with little drops. Im determined to build my supply back up for her. Even with feeding with a bottle, she would choke several times each feeding, take forever to finish a bottle and eats frequently!
My sister, who heard from a friend, told me about this tongue tie and lip tie that can cause all the symptoms she had. I asked my pediatrician, and she said she had never heard of that being the problem and that she was not tongue tied. I decided to go to the pediatric dentist anyways, which was of course, not covered by my insurance. Long story longer, my daughter had posterior tongue tie and lip tie. Ten minutes later, the procedure was done. I fed my daughter a bottle there since we had an hour drive and she drank in 10 mins normally would take half an hour or longer. She didn't choke once! I was able to pop her lip out correctly on bottle. I was amazed! When i got home, i tried to nurse her and she latched on, first try, without a nipple shield! What a huge difference. Im hoping with several more good feedings and eventually getting back to all breast milk she will eventualy get off the zantac and her reflux will go away. Fingers crossed. If not, this has alrrady been best choice and best $630 spent ever!
So, don't listen to Pediatrician, sure worth checking it out! You never know!
SUCCESS STORY - I have been waiting a year to write those words. The first photo I had my husband take because I thought it would be the last time we nursed. The second photo was taken just before our precious daughter Vivian’s first birthday.
After a perfect home birth, she never latched. She had swallowed meconium. After two days, we ended up in the NICU at Phoenix Children’s Hospital for dehydration after she threw up bottled donor milk from a friend (three times). She needed an IV. I was traumatized. My milk came in in the hospital; I was hunched over, unspeakably sore, hadn’t slept for three days straight, and began the cycle of pumping around the clock. Dr. McGreevey was the head doctor at the ER; he was kind and passionately wanted to discover what was wrong. I will never, ever forget his kindness. In God's providence, I ran into him just before Vivian's birthday and was able to thank him along with his wife and two girls.
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