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10 week old still struggling to feed after 3 tongue tie snips

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jpeg32 Thu 10-Oct-19 13:03:39

Hi, I have a 10wk old baby daughter who has had her tongue tie cut 3 times and is still really really fussy to feed. She seems to feed fine in the night or when she is really sleepy but won't feed when awake and just fights it. She has no coordination of her tongue, cannot suck my finger, dummy or bottle.
Any advice would be much appreciated! Or if anyone has been in this situation before would be great to hear positive endings!

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TapDanceJazzHands Sun 13-Oct-19 08:09:16

This sounds so difficult! I'm assuming you're not getting much support from your local breastfeeding/health visitor team?

I recommend calling or visiting La Leache League for advice. They are the most knowledgeable and helpful group aside from forking out for an IBCLC.

Have you tried a supplementary feeding system at all ie expressed milk or formula though a tube attached to your nipple so the baby learns to suck whilst getting some milk?

TapDanceJazzHands Sun 13-Oct-19 08:10:16

ChocolateIsMySleeep Sun 13-Oct-19 08:13:52

I'd also consider seeing a chiropractor or cranial osteopath with experience of treating breastfeeding babies - there could be underlying soreness or muscle tension that they can (very gently) relieve.

Good luck! My first fed using a nipple shield for 8 weeks because she struggled so much - we eventually went on to breastfeed for 18 months.

jpeg32 Fri 18-Oct-19 18:50:18

Thanks for the replies! I have seen a lactation consultant, have had 4 cranial osteopath appointments and have had lots of support from local bf team but nothing is working! We are now on omeprazole for silent reflux, which my first had so maybe that's what this is!!

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Alyosha Fri 18-Oct-19 19:20:44

I think you need more specialist help tbh. Maybe a speech therapist? As they often specialise in feeding and especially tongues.

jpeg32 Fri 18-Oct-19 19:31:46

Ok thank you. She will feed when she is asleep no problem. She is gaining weight and thriving really. Just a nightmare to feed when awake. She refuses a bottle too. I do tongue exercises with her every day and the cranial osteopath said there are no issues anymore with her tongue and she has good movement 🤷🏼‍♀️

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