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Thread: Tongue & Labial Tie??? Yes? No?

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    Default Tongue & Labial Tie??? Yes? No?

    I've seen 2 LC's and both agree he (my 4wk old) has a labial tie and posterior tongue tie. I called our pediatrician to get a referral to an ENT to get him clipped, but the pedi says NO tongue and that the upper won't affect anything So, no referral and no ENT.

    We nurse w/ a nipple shield because he *CAN'T* without one... It's our only option right now. Even WITH the nipple shield, we have a horrible, shallow latch that results in blanched "lipstick" nipples and extreme pain with each feed. He has plenty of wet diapers but is gaining slowly - 3-4oz a week. He clicks when he nurses as well. His tongue has limited range of motion, he can't flange his upper lips outwards either. They physically will not flange - I pull them out, immediately they roll under again.


    What do you think? Tied or not? Should I seek another opinion??







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    Default Re: Tongue & Labial Tie??? Yes? No?

    First I want to say hang in there!! My LO had so many problems in the beginning but at around 8 weeks things began to get sooo much easier!! I would definitely get another opinion!!! My pedi didn't think my LO had tongue tie either but she was willing to give us a referral. IDK why yours wouldn't let you go to a specialist to get it checked out...??? As far as the top of the mouth goes my baby has the same thing. A large frenum (sp?) I believe. I have been wondering if this has been affecting the shape of my nipples which also come out looking like lipsticks even now at 5 months old. The pain does get better as their mouths get larger... I no longer have cracked and bleeding nipples. I would recommend also that you see an LC to make sure your latch is correct. The smallest things can make for a bad latch which I learned the hard way!! I would recommend you watching the videos by Dr. Jack Newman. They can be found at www.drjacknewman.com. These were so helpful to me!!! Good luck mama!!!
    Mother to 3...Kaylen 15, Clint 12, and Carter 11 months!!


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    Default Re: Tongue & Labial Tie??? Yes? No?

    I have no personal knowledge about the ties. But to me, if two LCs--specialists in such things--think there is an issue, that warrants further evaluation.

    I assume that you need the referral for insurance purposes? If it were me, I would contact the pedi, state that my baby continues to have latching difficulty during nursing--despite assistance from multiple LCs--and request a referral to a specialist (the ENT) for a second opinion. If your current doc won't do it, you could consider switching pedis...

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    Default Re: Tongue & Labial Tie??? Yes? No?

    What happened? Was it a posterior tongue tie? My child's upper lip and tongue look exactly like this. We were told the upper lip tie was class iv, worst, and it was lasered off but they didn't do anything about the tongue and we still have breastfeeding issues. We are going back to have it looked at.

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    Default Re: Tongue & Labial Tie??? Yes? No?

    Yes, this is absolutely an upper lip tie and a posterior tongue tie, both of which can possibly cause multiple issues (pain in mother, poor milk transfer, difficult latch, reflux, to name a few!) A great website is www.kiddsteeth.com where you can find more info under the dental topics. Another option is a dentist who has experience with using laser to clip frenums, if your doc won't refer you to an ENT. This site http://thefunnyshapedwoman.blogspot....-frenulum.html also has some great info, and a way to latch that's helpful in dealing with the upper lip tie.

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    Default Re: Tongue & Labial Tie??? Yes? No?

    I also forgot to mention that there's a facebook support group that you can request to join http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/g...abies/?fref=ts

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