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    Default Tongue-tied fixed but still in pain

    My baby is six weeks old today. At 3.5 weeks we discovered he was tongue-tied and had his upper and lower lip clipped. Immediately after the surgery we nursed beautifully. But we haven't achieved the joy of breastfeeding since. Nursing is still painful (although not as bad as before). It may even hurt more in between nursing and I'm using Jack Newman's APNO cream. I still have bullseyes for nipples that I'm fearful will never heal. He doesn't appear to be latching deeply and I don't think he's using his tongue correctly at all. We have been doing some massage on his cheeks and tongue exercises but I am in a ton of pain--emotionally and physically--frustrated and ready to quit. We are seeing the dentist for a follow-up on Monday as well as a lactation consultant, but I just need to make it until then. Anyone have a similar situation or able to offer some encouragement??

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    Default Re: Tongue-tied fixed but still in pain

    Mama, I only have a moment to post but I want to assure you that things can get better! I have been more or less where you are, and I went on to nurse my baby for 3 years.

    I will BBL with a ton of questions. Hopefully we can figure out what's going wrong and how to help. But for now I just want you to know that you are not alone!
    Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
    Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"

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    Default Re: Tongue-tied fixed but still in pain

    hi there! my LO turned a month old on sunday. he was also dx with tongue tied at 4 days old. we got the lower side clipped but not the top...i'm almost wondering if we'll need the top clipped but the lactation consultant and specialist that did it neve mentioned it.

    mama, i am STILL having probs with b-feeding. i too do not feel the joy of it. instead of it being a comfortable "bonding" experience it is now a "is his latch right?, am i holding him right? ouch that hurts, nope let's do it again.." experience. it's not fun. it's not what i thought it would be. i've spent $ on 3 diff lactation consultants, have read forums, watched videos...i'm feeling the same as you. from what other ppl say though.. it gets better.

    i'm still waiting for it. so at 1 month we're still trucking along.....i hope you can too.

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    Default Re: Tongue-tied fixed but still in pain

    I am still there too! Very similar experience where baby's tongue tie fixed at 4 weeks, nursed wonderfully for about 5 days and have had problems for the past three weeks.

    I've seen 3 LC and still can't seem to get the hang of it. If you have some new learnings, please share!!!

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    I really want to nurse him but I'm wondering what's too much. I am in constant pain every single day, cry multiple times a day and get so frustrated. I know he can sense this. Is this healthy for him? Does the benefit of nursing outweigh the odds we;re against now. Will the pain go away. Can I survive another few days, weeks or months with this level of pain? How do people do this? I'm just not sure I can do this anymore even though I really want to. Maybe it's better if I don't....

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    Default Re: Tongue-tied fixed but still in pain

    How are things going now, mama? Your last post on this thread sounds so sad and despairing.
    Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
    Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"

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