The first days with your new baby should be ones filled with love and bonding.
For me, they definitely were; there were also tears and a considerable
amount of worry. My baby could not nurse. In fact, the pediatrician at
the hospital wanted to keep us longer in the hospital due to the feeding
issue; although no explanation was given for what the problem was.
Tongue tie. I had never heard of it before having my baby. My husband and
I were told by our pediatrician the day after we came home from the hospital
that our baby, Marlinn, had a tongue tie. So this was the cause of our
baby not nursing (we were needing to spoon feed her expressed milk from
the night she was born). I was grateful to know what the problem was,
and now we needed a solution. Our pediatrician recommended Dr. Agarwal
to us. The next day at our appointment with our lactation consultant,
Dr. Agarwal was recommended to us again. We made our appointment for the
evaluation just as soon as we could. The process of the procedure was
explained very well to us, and the office staff were very helpful and
kind. Talk about putting my mind at ease during such a concerning, sleep-deprived
time! Since my baby could not nurse effectively–I needed to use
a shield, and even then the nursing was more to get her to attempt and
bond–I was pumping every 2-3 hours around the clock. I was in pain
both emotionally and physically. I was completely exhausted and desperately
wanted to be able to breastfeed my baby. It broke my heart to see her
unable to nurse. It broke my heart to never see her little tongue because
she couldn’t move it. It broke my heart to see my little baby faced
with such a significant challenge right from the day she was born.
At two weeks old, Marlinn had the tongue tie procedure done. I cannot say
enough how caring Dr. Agarwal was. He explained exactly what would happen
during the procedure, and was very kind and gentle with our little angel.
He is a very compassionate doctor. He took her away to do the procedure
and was back within what felt like only minutes. I could not believe how
quickly the procedure was done, and how content our precious baby was!
Dr. Agarwal showed us her tongue afterward and discussed aftercare in
detail with us. The day after the procedure Marlinn was nursing with the
shield, and a week after the procedure she was nursing effectively without
the shield.I am reminded now every time I see her stick her tongue out
how incredibly grateful I am that we had the procedure done. We have wonderful
bonding time and nursing is so easy and painless! Mamas, if you are struggling
with breastfeeding due to a tongue tie, struggle no more! You and your
family are in wonderful care with Dr. Agarwal.