When my son was born almost 6 months ago, he took to nursing right away.
And, just like my other two nursing experiences, I blistered across both
my nipples immediately. I pushed through the pain because nursing is the
most important thing I can give my son besides my love. Within a few months
I began having supply issues – but like my other two experiences,
it was “normal.”
I went on Ragelin to help my supply, and it did. But that help came at
a price – and I went into a moderate to severe depression entirely
created by being on that pill. But then I learned about tongue and lip
ties and how they affect your supply. As it turns out, the severe discomfort
that I was still experiencing, along with his sheer frustration at the
breast, and my supply issues were all related to his tongue and lip ties!
Grateful doesn’t begin to describe what I felt towards Dr. A, and
his office. They got me in quickly to get an official diagnosis, which
confirmed what I learned, and we scheduled the appointment to remedy this
situation 5 days later. From the consult to the procedure my son gained
zero ounces. He continued to struggle at the breast, and his frustration
was just mounting. If it hadn’t been for this, I would have had
to switch to formula the week after I found out about tongue and lip ties
simply because I could tell he wasn’t getting enough.
Two weeks after the procedure at the check-up, my son has gained 5 oz,
my supply is enough to keep him satisfied, he no longer clicks during
feedings, he never pulls away in frustration and on a personal note, it
doesn’t hurt to nurse anymore! I have been known to describe breast
feeding like this: imagine hooking up battery jumper cables to your nipples
and then tugging on it for the duration of your nursing session, every
time, every day, for weeks and months on end. As it turns out, that’s
not how it is at all!
With his proper latch, I can barely feel him nursing. It is absolutely
one of the best feelings in the entire world to know that my body is making
what my baby needs in order to grow. I could not have that experience
if it weren’t for Doctor A. and his devotion to breastfeeding success.
I am forever in his debt.