As a first time mom, anything negative about my baby’s health freaks me out. Especially when my son’s Pediatrician informed my husband and me that our son’s tongue tied. First of all, what the heck is a tongue tie and how is it going to affect my son?
According to Merriam-Webster.com tongue-tie: a congenital defect characterized by the limited mobility of the tongue due to a short frenulum. In short, my son’s tongue is shorter than normal. Our Pediatrician suggested having my son’s tongue clipped. Of course, I was against this idea and I did not want to put my newborn in so much pain. His Pediatrician kept saying “he won’t feel the pain, he won’t remember a thing, ya di ya di ya!” Yeah, I know, but as a mom, it’s hard for me to believe him.
Our doctor then advice my husband and me to think it over and consult with our Lactation Consultant to get a second opinion. Luckily I trusted my LC more than our Pediatrician. Don’t ask me why, but it’s a mother’s instinct. Here are two cons my LC gave me about tongue tie.
As a first time mom, I did not know how to latch properly. Therefore, I thought the pain I felt while breastfeeding is normal. It’s painful, but I’m determined to nurse my son so pain is not a hindrance for me. After our Pediatrician informed us about my son’s tongue-tie, our LC confirmed that it’s the main reason my son is not nursing properly. His tongue is not long enough to stimulate milk supply and I feel tugging inside which causes pain.
This is the main reason, I went with the clipping procedure. I did not want my son to suffer speech problems growing up. If this wasn’t going to be an issue then, I probably endured the pain of nursing and kept his tongue tie. My LC told a story about her nephew being tongue tied and her sister opt to keep it. Today, as an adult he is having a hard time keeping a job because of speech problems. May the story be true or not, I did not want to find out when my son’s older and regret not having his tongue tie clipped.
Our Pediatrician explained step by step what is going to happen. He walked us through the process and what to expect after. My son was four weeks old when he got his tongue clipped. I sat behind the nurse holding my son, while my husband stood and watch the procedure. The process took five minutes the most. It’s quick and easy.
After the procedure, our Pediatrician gave us what to do so it doesn’t heal back to the way it was. He said Tylenol is not necessary and I followed his advice and did not give any to my son. Although I regret it and wished I gave my son Tylenol. Also, I had to nurse him as soon as possible, so he can start getting used to the feeling of having a long tongue. The night after clipping my son’s tongue was the worst experience for my husband and me. My son cried the whole night at the top of his lungs and we had to push the clipping with our finger every four hours so it heals the way it’s clipped.
It took a week to heal completely. The nursing pain went away right after the procedure and breastfeeding slowly improved. My lactation consultant saw a rapid change in my son’s weight. The experience is agonizing, especially to a new mom and I’m sure it is to any mom. It’s hard to see our babies go through pain and there’s nothing we can to do ease it for them. Nonetheless, I will 100% do it again if I have to. My son’s nineteen months and slowly picking up words. He is a chatterbox and he brings light to our lives.
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