Friday, 8 February 2013
Breastfeeding can be tricky, awkward and painful to begin with but before long your efforts should pay off and it should be easy, calm and enjoyable. Make sure you talk to your midwife if you are really struggling and having difficulty latching, because there is a chance of your baby being tongue tied. Luckily this was not the case for Poppy and I but I know of a new mum whose baby was tongue tied and this made feeding difficult to begin with.
If your baby is tongue tied a procedure may be carried out to aid breastfeeding. The babies tongue will be snipped so that it can latch properly. This is called division and is painless and quick.
Click the link below for more information of tongue-tie in babies.
If tongue tie has affected you and your baby you may be interested in signing a petition to ensure babies have the division procedure carried out within three days of birth. Babies that have trouble latching may have difficulty gaining weight, take in more air when feeding and leave mum very sore and open to infection. I have attached the link to the petition below. If any one has any advice for new mums with tongue tied babies, please feel free to comment.