Breastfeeding offers not only irreplaceable nutrition for your child, but
also comfort. That’s something my son and I struggled with for the
first seven weeks of his life. While in the hospital I knew something
was wrong with my sons’ latch. Something as natural as breastfeeding
shouldn’t be painful and almost impossible to do. Nevertheless,
the pushy nurses told me that nothing was wrong with my child and I simply
did not position him properly. I became so overwhelmed that at one point
I considered not breastfeeding at all. Towards the end of my stay I told
the last (I had 4 of them pay me a visit) lactation consultant that I
was going to exclusively pump because breastfeeding was not an option.
That’s exactly what I did for 7 weeks. I rented a hospital grade
pump and woke up every 2 hours, pumped, washed bottles, equipment, rinsed
and repeat. It was draining. I breastfed Matthew with a nipple shield
for comfort sometimes and that was very painful as well.
One day, my soon took to the breast on his own and within a matter of
days my nipples bled and the left areola had a big blister. I stopped
breastfeeding and decided to contact a lactation consultant. At the first
meeting she told me that not only did my son had a tongue and lip tie
which prevented him from being able to breastfeed, but his jaw was not
properly in place and it caused him to chew which accounted for the blisters.
Within a matter of days I set up an appointment with a chiropractor. Things
improved, but I only noticed a big difference after Dr. Rajeev performed
the lingual frenectomy. It wasn’t easy to see my baby cry (mostly
from getting scared), but it was worth it because I now pump only while
at work. We also took care of the lip tie just to be safe, and both my
son and I are happy. Because of this procedure, I won’t stop breastfeeding
at 12 months as originally planned. I will breastfeed for at least 24
months. Thank you Dr. Rajeev.