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My 5 day old baby is tongue tied. We have been seeing a lactation consultant since he was 3 days old. We've gotten him to latch on pretty well now. He's gaining weight now and is getting a lot of milk when he nurses. He actually gained back 4 pounds over just 2 days. I'm working on healing my nipples as he had been attaching to the nipple only which caused my nipples to become sore and cracked. I think that after my nipples are fully healed it won't hurt anymore to nurse because it's gotten that much better already.
So I haven't had his fraenum cut yet, and I'm not sure I want to. If he nurses well I'm tempted to just leave it alone. I worry about how the tongue tie will affect his speech. I am not tongue tied, but I had speech articulation problems as a child and went to speech therapy from the age of 3 until 12 years.
So I'm curious as to what helped you make the decision of whether or not to cut your baby's fraenum or not.
Jennifer, LPN and nursing student, Doula, CPST, and VBAC mama x3 to
AJ (5/03), Evan (12/04), Ilana (11/06), Olivia (2/09), and Unity (8/2012)
DS#1 had a "tight" frenulum but it streatched and we never had any bf issues.
DS#2 had a tongue tie but we didn't really have any issues bf until he began to grow and then he began nursing less and less, he would pull off the breast and look around, I just thought he was distracted. By 3 months he had completely weaned himself : His tongue also began to have a "forked" looked. I had his tongue clipped after that because I was afraid it would effect his speach and we had already lost the bf relationship, I tried to get it back after the clip but he prefered the bottle by then. The clip itself wasn't very much. I can write you about it if you are interested in what happens.
mom to all boys B: 08/01, C: 07/05 , N: 03/09 , M: 01/12 and far too many lost ones