At our discharge from the hospital, we were told that our daughter has a tied tongue; however, they assured us that it’s presented in a mild form and isn’t supposed to interfere with breastfeeding.
Back then, before my milk really “came in”, I didn’t feel any difference between breastfeeding my first and second baby. However, once the milk started flowing, I noticed a number of issues which may, or may not, have something to do with Tehilla being tongue-tied.
First off, I must say she is able to breastfeed, and in fact does quite effectively. I’ve read stories online about babies who had tongue-tie in such a severe form that it hardly let them feed and they were dehydrated and rapidly losing weight before the problem was fixed. Tongue is a major player in extracting milk from the breast, and when it isn't functioning effectively, it results in uncomfortable latch and difficulty in breastfeeding.
I did notice that she swallows quite a lot of air when feeding, much more than Shira did, which results in lots of gas and frequent spit-ups. Shira simply did not spit up; I bragged about hardly having to do any laundry for her before we started solids, and voiced my expectation for the same this time around. Well, I had to eat my words – I can hardly count the times I’ve changed Tehilla’s clothes and sheets (and mine, too!) this past week.
She also has a hard time dealing with letdown of milk. I must note that this time, I feel a stronger letdown reflex, and once milk begins to flow, she usually pulls off the breast, gasping and choking, while the spray of milk soaks her, myself, and everything around. Once the flow slows down, she returns to the breast with no problems. I don’t go long between feedings and don’t have any engorgement or particular feeling of fullness.
Again, these aren’t very serious problems compared to what other mothers are facing, and I’m not sure whether this has to do with tongue-tie. A tied tongue can be easily fixed, so I’ve read up, by clipping the frenulum (the tissue attaching bottom of the tongue to the mouth). I have not heard of any risks, but so far, we’re taking the “wait and see” approach.