We are one month post tongue and lip tie revision. My daughter is now 5 months old. I think we have won our battles with breastfeeding and we’ve finally got it figured out! I am completely happy with our decision to travel the four hours to have the revision done by laser.
Within minutes after the revision I saw an improvement. My daughter latched right away and I could hear the difference as she wasn’t sucking in air since she was now able to form a tighter seal. However, because I had overactive let down for the first 16 weeks she never really had to learn how to suck so that was something we really needed to work on. Since she was already 4 months old at the time of the procedure it was difficult to try to suck train her because she had already become accustomed to eating with her chomping motion and getting enough milk. We tried the suck training exercises with our fingers but she was not very interested in that and either thought we were playing or would get angry that we kept putting our fingers in her mouth.
Because of her not really knowing how to use her new mouth yet my milk supply dropped so I also had this issue to deal with. After a hospital grade breast pump rental, some lactation cookies, Motherlove More Milk Special Blend, and many tears shed I was able to get my supply up in about a week.
Special exercises were recommended for 2 weeks after the revision to prevent reattachment. My daughter despised these exercises as did my husband and I. We did the best we could without getting our daughter too upset. In addition to the exercises we started seeing a Cranio-Sacral Therapist (CST) to help loosen any tightness in her muscles. She was a very tense baby for the first several months of her life and we rarely left the house because she was always so uncomfortable and unhappy.
About 2 weeks after the revision and 2 CST sessions later is when I really started to see improvements. My daughter was staying latched longer and greatly improving her bottle eating when my husband fed her. She was also not chomping on her pacifier any longer and able to hold it in her mouth.
Now that we are a month out from the revision I can’t imagine NOT having done the procedure. I used to hate leaving the house because if I had to breastfeed when we were out I was afraid there would be a struggle or yelling. Plus since she couldn’t form a seal with her mouth she used to leak milk all over both of us leaving wet spots on my clothing.
The best improvement from the procedure is that my daughter will comfort nurse. She actually seems to enjoy breastfeeding now and getting to snuggle close to me. I can’t explain what a world of difference this has meant for me and how I feel about breastfeeding. I know I would have continued on regardless because I want her to reap the benefits of having breastmilk but I used to dread when it was time for her to eat. I now look forward to it and no longer see it as a hassle or source of stress.