Sorry i know there are a ton of threads on this site about tongue ties but i don't want to hijack anyone else's thread.
Ok so our little girl is a bit over a week old at the moment... we had breast feeding problems right away and she lost nearly a pound and started getting a bit yellow. The DR we saw was very concerned about the weight loss so we tried harder to get her to breast feed more, supplementing with 1oz of breast milk in a bottle between feedings. Her weight went up to near birth weight eventually but it was painful for my girlfriend.
One of the nurses checked our daughter and discovered that she has a posterior tongue tie. The actual doctor we are seeing said he has a ton of experience with these and that he could clip it for us. We looked it up a bit online and decided that because we only had 7 days medical coverage through the V.A., we would get it done.
It did improve the nursing and soreness and weight etc... so far so good with all of that.
What bothers me though is the post procedure care we have been instructed to provide, i don't really see anyone else discussing this in the threads on this site.
Every 2 hours when our little girl feeds we have to hold her limbs down and pull her jaw open, put a big wooden tongue depresser in her mouth against the bottom of her tongue and shove it up really hard into the back of her mouth for 3 seconds to try and get the wound to heal as vertically as possible. This is INCREDIBELY HARD for us to do, much harder than watching the tongue get clipped. When the DR and Nurse do it our little girl starts bawling and choking on her own spit and blood and they start shoving gauze in her mouth to soak up the blood. They said we have to do this for 2 weeks until it is healed as desired.
Can this not cause damage to the muscles of the tongue or other parts of the mouth if not done exactly right? When we do it we press pretty hard and far back but it does not bleed... when the DR does it the wound flies open and blood starts oozing out. Tonight i did it again before a feeding and it looked near close to what the doctor was doing but now there was a round hole in the middle of where it was clipped that could just be the original wound trying to reopen as it does when the DR does it? Ahhh i dunno. It's really starting to bother me though.
How was the post procedure care for everyone else? I'd love to hear your experiences with it so i can get a feel for if i know i'm doing this right or not. Tonight was the last night she was covered through the V.A. via my Girlfriend, so i am moving her over to Sharp via my own insurance. I am definitely going to get a second opinion on everything but i havent heard back from our rep yet.