I’m 99% sure that P3 is teething. She’s suddenly become a dribbling wreck and is quite partial to a bit of finger munching… My fingers and hers. Whilst on a little session of chewing my finger I felt something familiar. A tongue-tie just like mine. Obviously, I’m no doctor but it played on my mind a bit.
I’ve lived with a tongue-tie my entire life. It doesn’t effect my speech or eating but it is rather annoying. For example, I can’t lick my top lip like other people, I can’t stick my tongue out very far, the tie used to become quite sore when I had braces, I can’t feel my teeth. My hubby always jokes about the tie. I’ve always been too scared to ask for it to be cut.
I had a doctors appointment to check that my coil was all ok after being fitted 6 weeks ago. Cheekily I asked the doctors if she could take a quick look to see what she thought. Thankfully, and because I’m still bleeding and didn’t fancy the doctor prodding around in my lady regions, she took a look inside P3s mouth. She has a tongue-tie. Just like her Mum but unlike her sisters and Daddy.
This confirmation has made me realise that our breastfeeding failures were probably not my fault after all. I’ve spent all this time thinking my milk wasn’t good enough or that I was stressed too much and that was the reason she wasn’t feeding properly and gaining weight. I’m now convinced that actually it was the tongue-tie causing our problems. Why did no one, including me, think to check something like this?
I want her tie to be cut. I’ve researched it a lot and it seems to be a pretty easy and straight forward procedure. According to the doctors she’ll have to meet certain criteria now that she’s older and bottle fed. We have an appointment next week to discuss it all properly.
Do you/did you have a tongue-tie? What problems have you encountered because of it?