Summer Patterson Colina shared this amazing account of her tongue tie journey on Tongue Tie Babies Support Group. Shared here with permission.
Our breastfeeding relationship started off horribly right from day one. She had an extremely strong sucking reflex (could keep a paci in all by herself no problem at one day old!) And on top of that... a horrible latching problem. Even though it looked great to everyone else from the outside, I knew something was wrong! I was in sheer pain throughout the entire feeding, every time she would nurse. Before I left the hospital, my nipples had cracked, bled, scabbed, and blistered! The worst part... it didn't get better when I got home. People kept telling me, "It'll get better with time. You just have to push through the first couple weeks." Well, those couple weeks turned to three, then four, then five... you get it.
I was at constant battle with myself as to why I was putting myself through all this misery. But something told me I had to do this, or I would regret giving up.
What I went through:
How I felt:
Well, that's what got the ball rolling for me. I didn't wait for her referral at all! I started researching tongue and lip ties like it was going out of style. To my shock, I was experiencing about 90% of all the symptoms! Man I was angry at all the past appointments and nobody mentioning this. I ended up calling the specialist myself and scheduling an appointment.
Level 4 Upper Lip Tie & level 2 Tongue Tie. Consultation and revision the same day.
Going through the revision and healing stretches was the most difficult thing I have had to do yet as a mother, hands down, but I knew it would benefit her most in the long run. And now here we are nearly 3.5 months and breastfeeding strong! I can't be more proud of this journey we endured together. I'm proud of myself for not giving up. And I'm thankful for all the support I had, even if it was just to listen to me complain and cry. Also, this support page (TTBSG) was a Godsend!
If you read all the way to the end... thank you! I hope that this success story will give hope to those who are going through a similar situation. Believe in your mommy instinct, it is rarely wrong!
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