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    Default Tongue and lip tie and breastfeeding

    My ds is 3.5months and has been breastfeeding great even tho he has a tongue and lip tie..... Until now!! Now that he is sucking stronger he is near ripping my nipple off (only on one side tho) he doesn't take the whole nipple in his mouth so he's just getting the tip and it's killing!! I never knew what people meant by breastfeeding being painful but now I do.
    It's been over two weeks now with the crack and I can't go on! And I have tried everything.
    So my questions are:
    Can I breastfeeding from one side only and rest the other boob till it heels or will I lose my supply and will he just rip it off again when i start back up?
    Can I feed from one boob only n too up with formula?
    I enjoy breast feeding, feed my dd till 12months. I don't want to stop but the pain isn't worth it.
    Anyone had a bub with both tongue and lip Tie and breastfeed successfully?

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    Have you tried a nipple shield? Some women feeding bubs with ties really swear by these.

    I really hope you find some relief and you can continue your bf journey. If not, remember that a healthy baby being fed is what is important, not the way you do it.

    Have you considered getting the ties cut? DD had an upper lip tie and it only cost us $100 OOP to get it cut and it only took her around 3 days to heal completely, but straight away she was feeding better.

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    Just get the ties cut. It is a simple procedure and will help later with speech development.

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    I had my little girl's tongue and lip ties lasered at 2 weeks old. Has done absolutely nothing to help her latch. She is now 3 months old

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    My DS2 had tongue and lip ties, caused pain for me from the start, but like you, just on one side. I has his ties cut and we're still bf'ing at 7 months. It took a long time for things to heal up for me, I saw a lactation consultant and some of the things she suggested to me that helped were:
    Start the feed on the non painful side each feed - this didn't mess with my supply and once things had healed up I started alternating again.
    Try a new position- I was feeding sitting up, but she suggested lying down to feed on the painful side, so that the crack gets less pressure on it.
    Lasinoh or coconut oil can help heal things a bit quicker.
    I also expressed the painful side and fed ebm when I just couldn't face feeding from that side.

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    Get them snipped.

    Breast feeding was AGONY before getting the ties snipped. Both my dds had tongue ties and dd2 also has upper lip tie.

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    Thanks for the replies xx
    At birth they told me his ties are only an issue if he can't drink but everything was fine till he got stronger. I got told that they now can't snip them until he's over 12 months as he has to go under. Maybe I should get another opinion?
    I've been feeding from the good side first and trying different positions (football hold, laying down) but no luck. Expressing hurts and bleeds just as much so tonight I hand expressed as I wasn't game to put him on cos of the pain! I've been putting the cream on but then got told that it causes the perfect environment for thrush to grow! Every way I look I'm doomed, either pain of feeding, possible mastitis if I just stop, thrush from using creams!
    I've got a nipple shield that I haven't tried, I'll give it a go but looks like the nipple will still be sucked up opening the crack up. Will give it a go tho.
    Thanks lovelies x

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    My ds2 had tongue tie and no one would even look at it till he was 4 months old. Got it snipped that day. Get a gp to do it. It's easy to cut though bub will cry for a few minutes and put bub to the boob straight away. The trick for us was finding a gp that would do it. My lc specialist was the the one who got us in.
    I expressed by hand for months and then moved back to the breast once I had healed.
    The hold I found best was the transition hold. It was the only way to keep my nipple from coming out and getting chomped on. It works best with a pillow while bub is small.
    One hand on the side of buns head holding your breast the other at the back of bubs head /neck to position. Took me ages to get the hang of it and just as long to get the roll of my nipple to open bubs mouth.
    Good luck. There is help. You might just have to fight for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stac84 View Post
    Thanks for the replies xx
    At birth they told me his ties are only an issue if he can't drink but everything was fine till he got stronger. I got told that they now can't snip them until he's over 12 months as he has to go under. Maybe I should get another opinion?
    I've been feeding from the good side first and trying different positions (football hold, laying down) but no luck. Expressing hurts and bleeds just as much so tonight I hand expressed as I wasn't game to put him on cos of the pain! I've been putting the cream on but then got told that it causes the perfect environment for thrush to grow! Every way I look I'm doomed, either pain of feeding, possible mastitis if I just stop, thrush from using creams!
    I've got a nipple shield that I haven't tried, I'll give it a go but looks like the nipple will still be sucked up opening the crack up. Will give it a go tho.
    Thanks lovelies x
    That's not true. You can get it done in a clinic without anaesthetic at your sons age. I cannot believe your care providers didn't recommend you get it done immediately.

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    Oh and feeding from one side is very possible. Even if you just express from the other side once a day you will be able to get the supply up again later when bub can do the work. Just feed from that side first for awhile. Comes back really fast.


 

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