Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Dayton, Oh WPAFB
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My little guy has a "tied" upper lip. The frenulum up there is so short that it looks like he has a double upper lip, if that makes any sense. It's real thick between where his front teeth will eventually be. Now, I've noticed this since birth, but remember being taught sometime that he'll likely fall once or twice as an infant/toddler and "break" it and problem solved. So it's never bothered me.
Here's my question: Connor has had LOTS of nursing problems and we've been struggling all along to keep him at the breast. Some of his problems have stemmed from an airway malformation and a swallowing disorder. But he continues to grow painfully slow. It's only just now ocurring to me that maybe, just maybe, his short upper lip could be affecting his latch and his ability to transfer milk?? I have a great supply, I pump on average 20-30 ounces a week more than he drinks, so we've known all along that my supply isn't the problem.
Has anyone heard of a short upper lip frenulum being a problem? Any suggestions on who to take him to for an eval? A dentist? An ENT? Speech therapist? He's been seen many times by ENTs and speech therapists, no one has ever mentioned this.
Mommy to BigBoy Ian (3-17-05) ; LittleBoy Connor (3-3-07) (DiGeorge/VCFS):; BabyBoy Gavin (10-3-09) x3 AngelBaby (1-7-06)