Hey everyone. Here is more of my story. I posted under "special situations, but then thought I would also share her. You just never know!
Nursing started off rough with premie issues including torticollis and a short tongue. After completely exhausting myself, I regretfully gave more and more bottles as baby just wasn't growing and doc & LC said baby required supplements. I am successfully relactating and going to weekly physical therapy with my almost five month old. His tongue has grown but he doesn't move it forward to nurse. Additionally, he preferrs the left breast due to the tortecollis. (I will include the wikapedia definition at the end of this post.)
I have read about the "charm hold" of putting baby tummy down and letting baby suck on finger until baby's tongue relaxes and drops forward over the gums. I am trying this - not successfully, yet.
Any other techniques for helping get little tongues out over the gums? Much thanks in advance.
Congenital muscular torticollis
The etiology of congenital muscular torticollis is unclear, birth trauma or intrauterine malposition is considered to cause damage to the sternocleidomastoid muscle in the neck, this result in a shortening or excessive contraction of the sternocleidomastoid muscle, often with limited range of motion in both rotation and lateral bending. The head is typically tilted in lateral bending towards the affected muscle and rotated towards the opposite side. The reported incidence of congenital torticollis is 0.3-2.0 %