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The Breastfeeding Answer Book, La Leche League International, 2003
Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants, Catherine Watson Genna, 2008
Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician, Marsha Walker, 2006
I have a number of exercises we're doing now due to DD's latch issues, but each targets a different issue. If it's just an issue of extending her tongue, maybe some nipple/paci tugging and tongue massage would be a good start.
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We are lifting the tongue up for 5-10 seconds several times per day, and then she sucks on my finger as I gently press on her tongue, then I pull the paci out (not all the way, just enough that she tries to suck it back in)...our ENT suggested the tongue lifting and our speech pathologist suggested they other two...not sure if it is making a difference yet. I do think her tongue is coming up higher though...not sure if its the exercises or jsut her realizing she can move it...DD's was released 3 days ago so its still kind of early to tell.
I have questions about this as well... started a rather lengthy thread before i realized you guys are discussing it here as well. Check my thread out and feel free to post... i'm kind of worried about the "exercises" we have been instructed to perform :/
I posted on your other thread... I wrote my response here after our first revision - the ENT who did it did not cut far enough back and we got it redone a month and half ago by Dr. Kotlow.
Our new IBCLC also recommended pressing down on the tongue and stroking it outward to encourage the wave motion and her to extend it forward, we also saw a new speech pathologist who recommended that we let her mouth as many different things as possible and I honestly think as far as retraining her tongue movement that has been the best help - not sure if that would work with a newborn though my DD is 6 months.
As I said in the other thread, no matter how brutal the stretching it is crucial...if you aren't going to stretch properly there is no point in even getting a revision (IMO)
Hi there! Can you link to the other post that you are referring to so that I can read it? My 11-week-old little girl had her frenotomy last week. I specifically asked the ENT about post-procedure care and he said nothing about the stretching. She is still having latch issues and is compressing the nipple. I'm hoping the exercises will help with that and preventing reattachment. Thanks!
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