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    Default upper lip tie

    Seems like I have a new question/problem every week, so thank you so much to everyone helping me out!

    I was reading up on lip ties and in my uninformed opinion, my son (3 months) may have a fairly significant one. Nursing is going fine -- he's gaining, no pain, etc. Though his upper lip curls in a little, it hasn't presented a problem. But his stomach is constantly rumbling, sounds like a lot of air in there, and he often seems uncomfortable and fussy. (Although I know, that's babies for ya! )

    On top of possible discomfort due to excess air intake, I read that lip ties can lead to speech and orthodontic problems. However, since nursing is working, I don't want to mess with success.

    Any thoughts? Does anyone have experience in having a lip tie lasered in a non-newborn? I'll talk to my pediatrician, but want to go into the conversation somewhat informed. Thank you!

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    I'd only want to have it lasered if it was causing nursing problems. A lot of ties stretch out with time. So I'd wait. If you see a big gap between your kid's front teeth, when they come in, or his speech seems to be affected, then maybe I'd do something.
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    Makes sense. Thanks for your thoughts!

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    we just got a tongue tied fixed and my baby stopped nursing at 8 days old...at one month she is finally coming back to thebreast slowly. We had an appointement with a dentist for an upper lip tied in a week i cancelled it. Cause i didn't want to mess with breastfeeding once again....we'll deal with a gap later i figured.
    Good luck mama
    first time mama to a gassy but adorable baby named Makayla- Wouldn't give up breasfeeding for anything in the world.

    We co-sleep, we love and

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    oh no... I'm glad she's coming back to the breast now! That's what I'm afraid of (a nursing strike) so it's probably best to just wait and see. Thanks so much.

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    Lip ties have to be pretty severe to warrant clipping, I'm pretty sure. I'm a speech-language pathologist and while, yes, lip/tongue ties can cause speech problems, they have to be significant to restrict movement quite a bit. My 3 living kids all have tongue or lip tie, my 4 yr old had her TT clipped at 6 wks and it didn't improve her nursing. My 3 mo old twins are doing OK because theirs stretch enough although my smaller baby is a little more restricted and doesn't nurse quite as well as his "big" brother. All that to say they're pretty common and I wouldn't worry about it unless it was fairly severe, but you'll get a range of opinions about ties.
    Nursed my sweet daughter 3 years, 3 mos.

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