Breastfeeding/Nursing with a Tongue Tie

Hey y’all,

I have another post about my son for you. (I love saying that: my son) Since before he was born, I planned to breastfeed. There are so many health benefits, and it was going to allow us to bond more. Plus, breast milk is also free, so of course I wanted to do it.

Well, that was the plan. But you know what they say about best laid plans. My son has a tongue-tie and a lip-tie. That basically means that it’s super-painful during breastfeeding, and my son’s tongue is tethered too tightly to his bottom jaw to stretch out and get the milk. This is the morning of day 4 of his life, and he was starving, and my breasts were engorged (on the way to mastitis because of too much milk not being used).

I got 1½ hours of sleep last night because my son wanted to feed constantly. Poor baby, no wonder. He couldn’t get any food! Anyway, my wonderful husband got some formula this morning to help, and I used a warm compress to help get my milk to pump. There’s a surgical method to fix tongue-ties, but I get the feeling that it’s going to be far too expensive. Now, I’m planning to pump and give the milk to my son in a bottle.

I was able to find a few exercises to help in the meantime if the surgery becomes an option.

I still want to try breastfeeding, but I may just go with this bottle method. It’s a lot easier on me both physically and emotionally. My breasts don’t hurt all the time, but I feel more adequate now. I hated not being able to do the simple task of feeding my baby. This way, I can.

I hope this helps if you’re in the same boat. I’m sending good vibes your way!

Metta

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