It Wasn’t the Cat That Had My Baby’s Tongue…

Good morning friends! Where has this summer gone? I feel like it has flown by at light speed. Up here in Erie the cooler weather has begun and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t feel Ahhh-mazing. I know that I have been MIA here on the blog over the summer but that was because we have been spending as much time as possible outdoors enjoying the mid-70s weather. With that being said, by the nighttime we were all so ready to crash which meant The Sassy Momma was put on the back burner. I’m back in action so let’s get to it!

Summer2014collage Today I’m going to talk about tongue and lip ties. It’s something that until my child was diagnosed with it I really wasn’t all too familiar with. However, I now share this information with every woman who is struggling to nurse in the hope that it might be a possible solution to her problems.

If you can recall from a previous post, I wrote about how we had to supplement feed when Harper was 4 months old. At the time, it was devastating to me; but, in hindsight, it was the best decision we could have made. She shot up from being in the first percentile in weight to over the 90th. Well, I never followed up that post but we did eventually find out what was causing all of those nursing issues.

Here you can see how there is a cleft in her tongue (it looks dimpled in the center)

Here you can see how there is a cleft in her tongue (it looks dimpled or heart shaped in the center)

I’m sure you can guess what it was- not only was Harper tongue-tied but lip-tied as well. And NO ONE (not her pediatrician, lactation consultant in the hospital, lactation consultant that I saw regularly) caught it until she was SIX months old. The funny thing, all of the telltale signs were there. Her failure to latch caused me to even ask about whether she was tongue-tied while we were still in the hospital after she was born (FYI: my sister was tongue-tied and it went undiagnosed until she was 18; tongue-ties tend to be hereditary). The LC assured me she wasn’t and brushed off my question. It just goes to show you that you, momma, have to be your baby’s biggest advocate and if something doesn’t seem right, keep pressing until something is done.

tongue tie classifications lip tie classification

Luckily, Harper’s condition was eventually discovered (by a new LC) and we had both corrected by Dr. Kotlow in Albany, NY, who is one of the leading pediatric dentists in tongue- and lip-tie corrections. I can’t say enough great things about our experience there. Dr. Kotlow was so helpful over email as well as by phone and Harper’s procedure took less than 5 minutes. Even now, after hearing about two of my girlfriend’s struggles with nursing I urged both of them to get into contact with Dr. Kotlow and, sure enough, both of their children had tongue- and lip-ties.

Below, I’ve included a chart outlining some of the key indicators for both mommy and baby of what to look for if you think your child might be tongue/lip tied. You can also find more information on Dr. Kotlow’s website, which I found to be extremely helpful. If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section and I’ll answer as quickly as I can!

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Xoxo Lindsey

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