(I'm cross posting this in Breastfeeding and Health and Healing because I would like to look at benefits beyond just breastfeeding - hope that's OK.)
My 5mo son might have a posterior tongue tie. I say might because we've had one 'yes' and one 'no' with the diagnosis. We are seeing an ENT on Tuesday for another opinion. His weight gain has been very slow and we've looked at all sorts of possibilities to improve this but no luck. His latch is shallow and he also has an upper lip tie that could be impacting feeding, but again we don't know for sure. He has never been an efficient nurser and his suck isn't fantastic. I would love to fix this problem, but not sure that at 5 months clipping would improve things anyhow - would he relearn a new latch at this point? Also, while not ideal and weight is very, very low, he's strong and otherwise healthy and happy, and solids could be coming soon so by adding in high fat/calorie foods we might see more weight gain that way. (Though ideally we go at his pace with solids, so I'd have to be careful I'm not pressuring him with solids to increase his weight gain!) I'm wondering about other benefits to clipping, or other risks to not clipping? He has pretty good movement of his tongue (which is probably why we haven't got a diagnosis yet - and of course it's possible that he doesn't have tongue tie!!) so I don't think things like licking an ice-cream for him would be difficult when he's older. I worry about speech though - I have a speech impediment and hated speech therapy as a child. I'm not sure he can reach the roof of his mouth, though since he can stick his tongue out pretty far I would think he could. I also wonder if there'd be swallowing problems with food? Does anyone have any experience with this? I'm trying to get a broader picture beyond breastfeeding, though of course opinions on breastfeeding are important too!
My feeling is not to clip at this point - that if he has tongue tie it is mild and while maybe it has impacted his latch enough to cause weight gain issues that we are close enough to solids at this point to muddle through. (I understand about breast milk being the main source of nutrition for the first year though.) I guess what I'm asking is:
1. Do you think a 5mo can improve his latch? Anyone have any experience of this?
2. If you clipped and it didn't help with breastfeeding, are you still happy you did it?
3. What are the other benefits, beyond breastfeeding, to clipping?
(If clipping can only be done under a general we won't do it. Will talk to the ENT on Tuesday to find out how they would do it.)
Thanks so much! :) Sorry for the novel!