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    With my second baby I had some pretty bad nipple trauma, like you are describing. This wasn't my first experience with BFing, so I knew she had a somewhat shallow latch and we were working on it, but even when we got a really good latch it still hurt and I could not get the blisters and sores to heal. The LC at the hospital and my pediatrician recognized that she had a very minor tongue tie and I was referred to a BFing specialist. The BFing specialist agreed that the tissue on the tongue tie looked minor but the range of motion of my daughter's tongue looked like she had more; it was obviously inhibited. We had it clipped that day and the improvement was immediate. My point being, how bad it looks might not indicate how bad it really is.
    My little man was born 12/17/2010.

    Baby girl was born 4/30/2014.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*sassypants View Post
    With my second baby I had some pretty bad nipple trauma, like you are describing. This wasn't my first experience with BFing, so I knew she had a somewhat shallow latch and we were working on it, but even when we got a really good latch it still hurt and I could not get the blisters and sores to heal. The LC at the hospital and my pediatrician recognized that she had a very minor tongue tie and I was referred to a BFing specialist. The BFing specialist agreed that the tissue on the tongue tie looked minor but the range of motion of my daughter's tongue looked like she had more; it was obviously inhibited. We had it clipped that day and the improvement was immediate. My point being, how bad it looks might not indicate how bad it really is.
    Thank you for your response. I ended up emailing pictures of my sons lip to an expert on tongue/lip ties, a pediatric dentist in Albany. His name is Dr. Koslow. He emailed me back over the weekend and said it does in fact look like he has a lip tie. We have an appointment this Friday to see him. I am excited and hope things improve after the visit or at least I will have answers.

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    Thank you! The more I read abou symptoms and things I really do think he has a lip tie as well as a posterior tongue tie! I really wish more providers would be thorough and educated on this. I feel like the people I saw were not helpful or very concerned with all the trouble we have been going through. It is sad from what I've read, a lot of moms have trouble figuring things out and end up stopping breast feeding all together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*alyssia712 View Post
    Thank you! The more I read abou symptoms and things I really do think he has a lip tie as well as a posterior tongue tie! I really wish more providers would be thorough and educated on this. I feel like the people I saw were not helpful or very concerned with all the trouble we have been going through. It is sad from what I've read, a lot of moms have trouble figuring things out and end up stopping breast feeding all together.
    I am a first time mom as well, and we just had our first visit with our pediatrician yesterday. I was experiencing exactly what you are describing and talked to her about it. She looked at my nipples and immediately opened my son's mouth to see that he had a tongue tie. She asked if she could clip it, which took 5 minutes, and then she brought him back for me to nurse. I can't tell you how much relief I felt immediately! I'm still cracked and sore, so I've started pumping today as a way to help my nipples heal (recommendation from our pediatrician as well), but I'm amazed at the difference I've already seen in the last 24 hours. I appreciate knowing there are other moms out there experiencing the same problems! There have been a lot of tears shed over the past few days as I've tried to adjust and find what works for us! Hang in there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*nmgn87 View Post
    I am a first time mom as well, and we just had our first visit with our pediatrician yesterday. I was experiencing exactly what you are describing and talked to her about it. She looked at my nipples and immediately opened my son's mouth to see that he had a tongue tie. She asked if she could clip it, which took 5 minutes, and then she brought him back for me to nurse. I can't tell you how much relief I felt immediately! I'm still cracked and sore, so I've started pumping today as a way to help my nipples heal (recommendation from our pediatrician as well), but I'm amazed at the difference I've already seen in the last 24 hours. I appreciate knowing there are other moms out there experiencing the same problems! There have been a lot of tears shed over the past few days as I've tried to adjust and find what works for us! Hang in there!
    We had my sons lip and tongue tie fixed yesterday morning. I am so disappointed I have not had much of any improvement in his latch. It is still painful and causing creasing. I'm praying it improved quickly I do not know how long I can keep it up. So uncomfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*alyssia712 View Post
    We had my sons lip and tongue tie fixed yesterday morning. I am so disappointed I have not had much of any improvement in his latch. It is still painful and causing creasing. I'm praying it improved quickly I do not know how long I can keep it up. So uncomfortable.
    In some cases people see immediate and drastic improvement after getting a tongue/lip tie corrected.
    Unfortunately in many cases, especially if the baby has been nursing for many weeks with the condition, they have learned to compensate as best they can and it will take time for them to re-learn how to latch better and suckle better.

    My son got his tongue/lip tie corrected at 8 weeks but two weeks post procedure we had to go back in and get the tongue re done because of some re-attachment.
    Be sure to do the stretching at least as often as recommended plus at least once overnight to minimize chances of re-attachment.

    If improvement doesn't happen quickly on it's own, GET HELP. Search out an LC with some experience in suck re-training after tongue tie OR search out some form of occupational therapy that can help with suck/swallow and feeding difficulties in infants and children. This may be difficult if your doctor doesn't believe in tongue ties or isn't particularly helpful with breastfeeding difficulties but help does exist.

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