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minicorrect Thu 22-Sep-11 11:54:35

DD2 is 7 wo and thriving. However she has a short tongue which has been checked by a surgeon to see if snipping would help. He decided it wouldn't and that her latch will always be problematic as her tongue isn't able to make the circular motion needed (apparently!). I've been seeing a MW who is also an LC at BF group each week and she suggested I try nipple shields to help with the soreness of the poor latch and also to help DD cope with my strong let-down which has her coughing and spluttering as well (and probably explains why she is thriving despite the feeding difficulties - she often just lies there with her mouth open letting the milk pour in!).
On top of this, she also seems to have reflux - lots and lots of vomiting (not just posseting), pain during and after feeds, feeding frequently, getting very upset during feeds, etc. I took her to the GP as she has been congested since birth and it's been getting worse - especially at night when she chokes for breath. He diagnosed reflux and px gaviscon.
While I'm glad to have some solutions to these issues, the problem we seem to have is that DD is refusing to go with the nipple shields (and they still hurt??), won't take a dummy or a bottle of EBM and gets really upset when we use a syringe to give her the gaviscon.
Oh and to top it all off, she also seems to have all the signs of teething too so spends most of her awake time screaming - A&P powders have been helping though so will continue with those for now.
Can anyone give me some advice on how to get her to accept artificial nipples as I need to get this sorted for my own sanity (I know that sounds terribly selfish, but I feel guilty that my baby is suffering and it's upsetting me, alongside the constant pain (and wet/cheesy clothes) and headaches, backaches, etc!).
Sorry if this comes across as a bit whingey, but I guess I just need to get it off my chest a bit too.

buttonmoon78 Thu 22-Sep-11 12:12:01

Hi mini.

I can't help with the bf as I stopped at 7 wks (ds is now nearly 10wks) but I can totally sympathise with the reflux. I know what you mean about the guilt - Why can't I just fix it? goes round my head on constant loop.

You could try posting this on the reflux support thread. There are lots of mums there who bf still.

Did you ever get your kitchen finished?!

organiccarrotcake Thu 22-Sep-11 13:19:46

OP, there's nothing selfish about wanting to get this sorted out. You shoudn't have to go through all this.

Before you go any further, would you consider a second opinion on the tongue? I know an excellent IBCLC who specialises in tongue disorders, www.ann-dobson.co.uk/ She's well worth having a chat with. Furthermore as she's a trained and very experienced IBCLC she will be able to help you with the nipple shields if she feels that's the right option.

She travels all over the country BTW.

organiccarrotcake Thu 22-Sep-11 13:20:23

Incidentally, reflux is linked to tongue problems so if you can fix one, it might fix the other.

MigGril Thu 22-Sep-11 16:40:29

Tounge tie can cause reflux systme's and if your soure I'm supprised they wouldn't cut it. I'd be tempted to seek a seconed opiune.

Have a read hear www.analyticalarmadillo.co.uk/search/label/Tongue%20tie Lot's of info on toung tie.

MigGril Thu 22-Sep-11 16:43:19

Oh and tounge tie baby's can also stuggle to feed with an artifical nipple to, so this may be causeing more problems then you realise.

I know some one who had to be given spical teat's by the hospital and even then feeding from a bottle was still very problamatice as milk would spill out the side of her mouth.

RickGhastley Thu 22-Sep-11 16:55:46

Like MigGil I'm surprised they would not snip the TT as it can cause all the problems you mention. It's such a simple procedure, one snip and it's all over. My DS did not even blink when his was snipped at 7 months!

As soon as it was snipped he latched on properly for the first time and all his colic symptoms disappeared.

minicorrect Thu 22-Sep-11 21:54:36

Unfortunately, it's not tongue tie, she just has a very short, flat tongue so there isn't really anything to snip. We've been syringing the gaviscon in today and she has been more settled until a major puke this evening. Haven't had any more luck with the nipple shields yet though...

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