July 24th, 2016, 08:26 PM
Well, the idea that a baby sucking their hands is a hunger cue is something that has always bothered me. Sure, if baby is hungry, they might suck their hands. Of course. But since babies suck on fingers and fists and feet and toes in the womb, where a baby is presumably never hungry, it can not always mean this.
My oldest two had not found their hands at this age. My youngest - I think she came out sucking on her pointer finger. And I mean, she sucked on it so hard and stuck it so far into her mouth she gagged on it sometimes. Sometimes she switched it up and ot would be a thumb or a fist or two fingers or whatever. Who knows why she did this, but it certainly was not because she was hungry. I had overproduction and she was gaining like mad, there was more milk than she could handle, really. That is the problem when there is too much, it's always something. Anyway, away she would suck, if she wasn't nursing, the fingers were in there.
There is lots of information out there about tongue and lip tie. I wish I could point you to some definitive information source, but at this point there really is not much that is definitive. Breastfeeding experts in general agree that tongue tie can mean that the tongue is impeded in its movement, and that can in turn make breastfeeding either painful for mom or make it hard for baby to extract milk, or both. The problem is there are babies with fairly obvious tongue tie that seem to nurse problem free, and others with out anything...