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#1 of 10 Old 03-18-2003, 05:39 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I saw a lactaion consultant today because my daughter is 4 weeks old and I never felt we had a good latch, she would fight at the breast, yanking me all over the place, and choke all the time. She also made very loud clicking noises whenever she sucked in. Well the counselor helped us get a great latch and showed me how to hold her almost on top of me to help her from gagging on my fast letdown, but she could not figure out what is causing the clicking. we had good suction, and a good latch. She thinks because Emma also has the same gagging and clicking on the bottle that she may be having trouble swallowing.

She has gained two pounds since birth and is having many poops and pees a day so she is getting plenty of milk, but she would like emma to see an occupational therapist to check her swallowing out. Has anyone had this problem, or whose child clicks alot when feeding. Thanks, Corrie

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Clicking can be caused by a short tongue or tongue tie. Did your LC mention that?

Kids can grow out of this (short tongue). Or they learn to compensate. Tongue tie can also be grown out of, or it can be clipped (not a big deal ) if necc.

All 3 of mine had tongue tie. I got sore nipples for exactly 10 days with each one, until they learned to do a better job latching despite the "handicap." (I didn't know what it was until yrs later).

Ds clicked for 3 mos, the other two didn't. Had to hold my breast in place when he would break suction with each swallow.

But the nursing uphill your LC showed you is recced for fast letdown. Or a letdown that a baby can't handle, for reasons of her own, as might be the case for your dd. Sure, a baby could have trouble swallowing, but that seems more rare than tongue tie. See a specialist if you think you should.
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after supplementing with bottles and finger feeding, my baby has developed a strange noise during feeding. It could be described as a clicking noise. My LC also had never heard this noise but we consulted another LC who found that my baby humps her tongue in the back and pulls it back when feeding. It took several digital examinations to find this as baby doesn't do it all the time. Pulling it back during feeding is like having a short tongue I guess. She's not tongue tied but has developed bad habits from the bottles. This LC thought she may do this cause of trying to protect her airway when bottle nipple was used. We're gonna try some exercises to help it.
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Here's a website (basically a slide presentation) that has pictures of kids with tongue tie:

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I haven't looked through the whole presentation but it looks to contain some really helpful information.

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I was just reading this (breastfeedingonline.com/shtml) about yeast infections. And it mentions if the baby has a sore mouth, you may hear clicking noises. Might be worth considering also.
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thanks for the ideas, she was checked for tongue tie and yeast and has niether problem. After reading online it seems she might have dysphagia, I think that's how it's spelled. She can't keep her suction and breaks the suction with every swallow. She gags quite a bit and chokes. She has the same problem with a bottle too, even the Avent with slow flow newborn nipples. So bottle or breast it gets very difficult to feed her and I hate to see her having problems. She turns red and kicks and squirms a lot, archjing her back and pushing the nipple out. We can not breastfeed anywhere but home or at a friends house because it is so difficult to feed her. I am so discouraged, but I don't want to give this up. Thanks, Corrie

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Wow, what a tough time. I hope the occupational therapist has some helpful ideas.

Big kudos to you for hanging in there. You're doing such a wonderful thing for your baby, and I will keep my fingers crossed that it gets easier for you both!

Keep us posted; there are so many mamas here who have had various problems and know how hard it can be, and how much support it takes to keep going.


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I had a "clicker" too, and eventually she grew out of it, but it was kind of annoying and funny while it was going on. I think her problem was similar to wombats. I wondered if she was getting enough milk, but the kid gained a pound a week during the height of her clicking.

Hang in there, it'll go away, we hope. Keep us updated, it's hard to keep at it when things are not going as perfectly as you would like.
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I have overactive letdown and when it is particularly strong my dd has to struggle to keep up and that is when she is "clicking" . She never clicks any other time, her latch is great, I can see her tongue from the side, I am never sore, and she has gained 3 lbs since birth (she is now over 12 lbs) and is only 6 weeks old.

For us, it is just struggling with the letdown.
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