I am brand new to the boards and am so happy I've found you! I have attended my local LLL group for almost 6 1/2 yrs now (when I was pregnant with our first child).
Our dd was diagnosed with a mild tongue-tie at her two-week well visit. Her dr. advised against clipping and we sought out a second professional opinion with a speech therapist (who has no experience BFing). She, too, says it should cause no speech problems, but that dd has an overactive gag reflex that is affecting her latch. She is basing the latching difficulty only on me telling her....she did not observe her latching on as she had just nursed prior to our visit. The speech therapist indicated that our dd would also have sensory issues due to the overactive gag reflex and that we should begin a regime of brushing her tongue, cheeks, and gums and also her hands and feet. She also gave me other advise that if you would like me to share, I will--has to do with sugar water!
Our nursing journey (all three weeks of it) has improved significantly since her birth. She still has some latching issues with the left side, but is SO much better. At first she couldn't even get a latch, then we would only work on latching the left during the day with me pumping at night on that side only (she still nursed on the right at night), and now we are nursing multiple times on left during the day and usually once on left at night. She is doing great with the right side (except she will sometimes break her latch when my milk lets down forcefully).
I would love to hear from other mothers who have experience tongue-tie with their own children. I am still debating as to whether we should go ahead with the clipping to avoid any difficulties in the future? I am hesitant simply because I would hate to have something done to her that isn't neccesary as we really can't say for sure that she will have ANY problems due to this (based on the opinions we've received, she won't have any).
I read another thread about tongue-tie that says the baby in question should be evaluated by an ENT. I also read the wonderful article in the AAP newsletter that was referred to in the other thread. Based on the information I gathered from the article, my dd has a "simple" tongue-tie which is more difficult to diagnose and also could potentially cause more problems.
My dd only lost 4 oz. at discharge from hospital and at her two week visit had gained 1# and grew 1/2" in length and 1" in head circumference. She has plenty of wet and poopy diapers and seems to be doing quite well. Is it possible if we don't have her frenulum clipped that she could regress in the future??
Thanks to everyone in advance for responding and sharing their experiences!