Babywearing has been a lifesaver with my third baby. My daughter Ellie was born peacefully at home in June. She was a healthy 8 pounds, 9 ounces and just beautiful. We all adored her.
However, from the first time she nursed something felt different. It took me a long time to get her to latch well after she was born. The best way I could describe her latch would be to say it was slippery. It was hard for her to get latched and harder for her to stay latched. She’d unlatch several times during a feeding. I chalked it all up to “all babies are different” and just went with it.
For the first week, she was nursing non stop practically. She had screaming spells that lasted 2-3 hours at night where I was unable to get her to nurse well and needed to calm her down before she would nurse. The only thing that would calm her was wearing her and walking around the house. Once she was calm, I was able to get her to latch fairly well and nurse.
As I watched Ellie nursing twenty times a day and now she was getting older, it started to dawn on me that perhaps this wasn’t all just “all babies are different.” She was not a happy nurser and didn’t ever seem truly satisfied. In really watching her nurse, I noticed that she took in milk during the letdown and after that I wasn’t hearing any swallowing. In order to keep her swallowing, I used breast compressions and even hand expressed milk into her mouth. While this was a lot of extra work, it was also easy to do fairly discretely thanks to babywearing!
Around the middle of the next month, I asked my friend (and fellow babywearing group volunteer) Summer, who is a lactation consultant if she could chat with me about my concerns. I went in to see her. We weighed Ellie and she was 11 lbs, 9 ounces. At this point she was 2 months and 21 days old, so she had gained just 7 ounces in 21 days, about 1/3 of an ounce a day. I nursed her for what felt like a very good feeding for her, about 20 minutes. We weighed her again after the feeding and she had taken in 1.5 ounces. Summer took a look at her mouth and told me that she thought Ellie had a lip tie and posterior tongue tie. She asked me to come back and see her colleague Trina for a second opinion just to be sure. Trina agreed that there was a posterior tongue tie.
(Picture taken while parked).
Reblogged and edited with permission from Patuxent Babywearing.
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