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Who can check for tongue tie? 8 day old wont stop feeding

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Jellybabie3 Mon 16-Oct-17 19:53:26

Who do i go to? Its relentless. I have counted 16 feeds so far since midnight. Cannot put him down without him crying, clicking or sucking his hands for food within minutes.

NameChange30 Mon 16-Oct-17 19:57:23

A lactation consultant or a tongue tie practitioner can check.

In most areas there are breastfeeding drop-ins, you could Google it or call your health visitor to ask.

My DS's tongue tie was diagnosed by an excellent breastfeeding counsellor at a drop-in run by a voluntary organisation. The midwives and health visitors missed it hmm

NameChange30 Mon 16-Oct-17 19:58:38

www.lcgb.org/find-an-ibclc/

Foggymist Mon 16-Oct-17 20:02:10

It's really normal though for such tiny new babies to feed almost constantly, cluster feeding, growth spurts, comfort, etc. I'm not saying baby doesn't have a tongue tie issue but it's also possible that he doesn't. I know I counted 22 feeds in 24 hours at some early stage with my son.

Lenl Mon 16-Oct-17 20:03:04

Lactation consultant
www.lcgb.org/find-an-ibclc/

They will be able to check for tongue tie and refer on if they think there may be one. Can also help with positioning etc in the meantime. I paid £65 for one to come to my home, identify a possible tie, refer for it to be divided and also help me position him better which improved things anyway.

Alternatively, a particular consultant at my local hospital does the tongue tie divisions and you can pay to see him privately rather than wait a couple of weeks for the NHS referral. As my son's wasn't too awful we waited but there might be something similar in your area, in which case you could self refer and pay to see the doctor who can assess if a division is necessary (a lactation consultant could still be useful though). Whereabouts are you?

Jellybabie3 Mon 16-Oct-17 20:07:05

Ok thanks. I'm in west berkshire

littledinaco Mon 16-Oct-17 20:09:40

While you wait to see someone, the 'flipple' tecnique

littledinaco Mon 16-Oct-17 20:12:51

Sorry, posted too soon ......

Meant to say it can really help with tt.
themilkmeg.com/get-better-latch-exaggerated-latch-flipple-breastfeeding-technique/

Lenl Mon 16-Oct-17 20:15:14

Which hospital would you be under. Royal Berkshire? Midwife probably best in that case if your baby is 8 days old.

PDF with Royal Berkshire policy - look at 'Frenulotomy' section

NameChange30 Mon 16-Oct-17 20:15:30

We did it differently from Lenl, got it diagnosed for free (at a drop-in), went straight to GP to get a referral for TT division, but decided to pay privately to get it divided sooner rather than later.

There is a lactation consultant near me with a very good reputation who runs a free drop-in. Obviously you then have to pay for follow up if you need it (including TT division).

Just wanted to point out that there are options if you don't have the cash to go straight to a private lactation consultant - although that is obviously the quickest way to get proper help from someone who knows their stuff!

Lenl Mon 16-Oct-17 20:25:10

Name I'm curious if you are in my area. Sounds so similar, we have an I ibclc called Jan who runs a fab drop in. I just saw her privately because it was the day after drop in that I decided I needed to see someone and I couldn't wait another week! Wonder if the name rings a bell.

NameChange30 Mon 16-Oct-17 20:29:24

Lenl
I don't think so as the person I was thinking of is called Sarah. I'm in the East of England. Maybe lots of them do free drop-in clinics, would be good if they did!

knittingteapot Mon 16-Oct-17 20:30:12

Your health visitor can refer you as well. But you'll need to be very persistent (certainly in my area and experience with two babies with TT) to get the referral. The clicking noise certainly sounds like a telltale sign of it. Things that might help in the meantime - make sure you're really aiming your nipper towards the roof of the baby's mouth. They need a good gobful of boob! Try the rugby ball position to feed - kind of under your arm and feet pointing towards your back. I think it's the Kelly mom website which is really useful for this. Don't worry about doing anything other than feeding - it's really frigging hard and tiring for both you and your baby, but if you can let everything go in the meantime, get some box sets to watch, plenty of water, tank up before bedtime as much as possible so you get some sleep. Good luck!

knittingteapot Mon 16-Oct-17 20:30:56

Erm, nipple not nipper...! blush

Poosnu Mon 16-Oct-17 20:34:31

Tongue tie practitioner - there is a list online.

They can check and divide on the spot if there is one. Some will come to your home next day so worth ringing round a few.

Jellybabie3 Mon 16-Oct-17 22:20:33

Ok thanks. If he isnt attached to boob he CRIES.

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