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Breastfeeding Challenges > Nursing after a posterior tongue-tie release.. stories?
hippychickaquarius's Avatar hippychickaquarius 10:53 PM 02-22-2009
I've read the entire tongue-tie sticky thread, and I've PMed a few girls on the board. I'm desperate to hear stories about how your LO learned to successfully nurse AFTER a posterior tongue-tie release.

My DS was clipped 12 days ago, and although his nursing has improved a lot, it still hurts. I still have compression stripes on both nipples after he's done nursing. The good news is that they're just stripes, not actually changing the shape of my nipple. Dr. Coryllos said I would notice a difference in 1 week (I did), and then it could take 1-2 months to really set in. I'm so so so so nervous that it's not going to happen. Nursing is just so painful, and I don't know how long I can deal with this. This is NOT the nursing relationship I was dreaming about, and I certainly can't keep this up for years and years.

Any stories? Ideas? Tips? Encouragement?

sattygirl99's Avatar sattygirl99 11:33 PM 02-22-2009
I just wanted to offer hugs... We see Dr. Coryllos on Wednesday... I'm nervous...

I hope things get better for you! I know my one friend has BF'd through a posterior tongue tie and he's still nursing at almost 2. It WILL get better... It might take a while but it will get better as he learns how to use his tongue properly!
PatioGardener's Avatar PatioGardener 12:50 AM 02-23-2009
Have you tried CST to help baby to adjust?
hippychickaquarius's Avatar hippychickaquarius 12:54 AM 02-23-2009
We haven't tried CST after his tongue-tie release, but we did have EIGHT CST sessions prior to his frenotomy. I can't imagine he needs more adjustment already! I'll ask the CST LC this week.
Nan'sMom's Avatar Nan'sMom 01:02 AM 02-23-2009
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We haven't tried CST after his tongue-tie release, but we did have EIGHT CST sessions prior to his frenotomy. I can't imagine he needs more adjustment already! I'll ask the CST LC this week.
I've read and heard that the CST after the clipping is more important than before and that it's best done ASAP. That said, we did CST with dd2 (who we opted not to clip since she had TT but was nursing pretty well anyway although dd1 had been clipped) and it did nothing for us. Supposedly the practitioner matters a lot. Ours was well recommended and very nice but IMO not worth the stress of the car trips there.

As to your original question it's hard to answer...nursing was never super-easy but the clip made it better immediately, then worse and then about a week later better again. Sorry about what you're going through. Hang in there and hopefully it will get better and more comfortable soon!
radiowave's Avatar radiowave 01:22 PM 02-25-2009
my daughter was 3 weeks old when she had her frenetomy (yay Dr. Koryllos!) but she was unable to breast feed until she was 10 weeks old. Now she is 6 months old and a nursing champ! After the frenetomy it turned out that she had a weak suck and then nipple confusion. We did exercises with her that our LC recommended and Cranio-Sacral Therapy...the therapy seemed to REALLY help. Then, because of nipple confusion, I used a supplemental nursing system. It was all hard work and a long journey, but completely worth it.
hippychickaquarius's Avatar hippychickaquarius 12:03 AM 02-26-2009
We had our first post-frenotomy CST session today. I hate to get too excited, but DS's nursing felt a little bit better afterwards. Any little bit helps. Unfortunately my LC confirmed my fears of thrush.. yuck! : Our next CST session is scheduled for one week from today. Please please please let us be on the right path!:
mojobot2000's Avatar mojobot2000 04:05 PM 03-01-2009
My 5-wo had a very very significant tongue-tie (frenulum was attached to the very tip of her tongue...my nipples were destroyed), and was clipped at 5 days. Because of how much skin was cut, she was in a lot of pain after, and it took some doing to get her latched...we went through 24 hours of hell, and worked with a great lactation consultant who helped us not give up. I had to use a nipple shield for about 2 weeks...she just was too weak to get on the bare nipple, but then she strengthened up...I just kept offering bare nip, gave her the shield when she got frustrated, and eventually she didn't need it any more. It may be that the shield also protected me from the pain you're experiencing. I'm nursing now without pain or compression. I know lactation consultants recommend against extended use of shields for milk supply reasons, but it worked for us.

We're having some unrelated challenges now (I think hyper-lactation?), but I'd definitely call our story a post-clip success. It was very, very hard, and we definitely needed the professional support we got. Have you seen a consultant?
hippychickaquarius's Avatar hippychickaquarius 11:33 PM 03-04-2009
It's been 3 weeks today, and things are continuing to improve. I keep working with my LC, and DS had another CST session today. I can't believe how far his tongue extended when he latched on tonight!!! That's a very sign. I just can't wait until I don't have to worry about all this anymore.
PatioGardener's Avatar PatioGardener 02:00 AM 03-05-2009
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It's been 3 weeks today, and things are continuing to improve. I keep working with my LC, and DS had another CST session today. I can't believe how far his tongue extended when he latched on tonight!!! That's a very sign. I just can't wait until I don't have to worry about all this anymore.
YAY!!!!!!!! :

What great news! You guys are working so hard, I'm so happy to hear that things are still improving
tanyalynn's Avatar tanyalynn 05:04 AM 03-07-2009
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It's been 3 weeks today, and things are continuing to improve. I keep working with my LC, and DS had another CST session today. I can't believe how far his tongue extended when he latched on tonight!!! That's a very sign. I just can't wait until I don't have to worry about all this anymore.
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