Sometimes breastfeeding mothers find themselves with breastfeeding problems (including sore or damaged nipples, recurrent plugged ducts, mastitis or thrush, vasospasm, low milk supply or over supply) or a baby who isn’t gaining well, has difficulty latching, makes clicking sounds, or chokes frequently, despite their best attempts to correct positioning and breastfeed frequently and effectively.
This story was written by a mother I worked with recently and is shared with her permission. We both hope her story will help other families dealing with tongue tie by giving them a glimpse into the process of diagnosis, decision making, treatment and recovery.
"I noticed something wasn’t quite right the first time Mr. T, my third baby, nursed after he was born. It hurt. Nursing isn’t supposed to hurt, right? I assumed since I hadn’t nursed through pregnancy this time, it was just like having nipples of a first time mom, tender. Maybe. Big maybe.
I have recently had the privilege of working with a couple of mothers before the birth of their babies. Each knew she was at risk for low milk supply and breastfeeding difficulties and wanted to set out a plan to get breastfeeding off to the best start possible.
As a lactation consultant, clients like this are some of my favorites to work with. The motivation level is high, and there is so much more that can be done to prevent and minimize difficulties if you start early.
I recently had the honor of being invited to speak at a nearby International Cesarean Awareness Network group meeting. I spoke on the topic, “Healing After A Cesarean.” Upon reflection, I think that a lot of what I talked about to the ICAN group applies to mothers who feel disappointed with their breastfeeding experience.
Many mothers have difficult experiences with breastfeeding and stop before they had hoped to. This can be devastating to come to terms with, and it is even harder if the mother does not understand the reasons breastfeeding didn’t work out for her and her baby.