"My son can now feed effectively"
About: Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill) / General medicine Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Yorkhill) General medicine G3 8SJ
Posted by Breastfeedingmum (as ),
I was having problems breast feeding my 3rd child. My nipples were mutilated, I had checked with breast feeding counsellors and his latch looked fine. My health visitor made an appointment with the infant feeding team who identified that he had a severe posterior tongue tie, they then made an appointment at the tongue tie clinic at Yorkhill.
There he was examined and it was decided that it was too posterior to be carried out in the clinic and he would require to be seen by a surgeon. The process up to this point was quick and I was so glad that we had a reason for these difficulties we were having as I was really struggling to feed through the pain.
It was two weeks later before the separation procedure was carried out at the tongue tie clinic, he was 6 weeks old at this point. The wait was due to a surgeon not being available. During that 2 week period I had to express and feed with a bottle which was even worse as he found it so difficult to grip the bottle and I found extremely upsetting. Had I been a first time mum with no breast feeding experience I am sure I would have given up.
From the first feed after the proceedure was carried out I could feel the difference, my son was able to feed effectively and the pain reduced significantly. It took a further 6 weeks for my nipple damage to heal and to be able to feed pain free. I am now enjoying feeding my son and am so glad I stuck with it. I know a number of mums who have have given up breast feeding due to tongue tie being identified too late.
We had great support from the health visitor, staff of infant feeding team and the tongue tie clinic. I felt really let down at the point we were referred to the surgeon, communication was very poor. It felt like maintaining my breastfeeding relationship with my child was unimportant and the wait felt like torture.
If tongue tie and in particular posterior tongue tie was something that was included in the newborn check prior to leaving hospital it would help mums who have children with this problem to breastfeed successfully and would have saved us 12 weeks of feeding difficulties and me a lot of pain.