It was day 2 in the hospital when a fleeting comment was made; “Austin may have a slight tongue tie”. Not having a clue what this was or meant and very sleep deprived I didn’t think to question the remark further. I struggled on and attempted to breastfeed while my little boy would simply latch, suckle and then drop off seconds later.
I remembered being told in NCT that a baby’s tummy was so small (the size or a marble- did you get shown an actual marble at this point?! ha!) that they didn’t need more that a few drops of milk. So OK, I figured he’d had his few drops and was full.
But he wasn’t full, in fact, he really was getting no milk at all.
Fast forward to my health visitor home visit and day 4, we heard the phrase “tongue tie” again. This time I did question it and was told that Northampton only offered the snip procedure for tongues that were tied in a certain way… crazy right?!
By day 5 we went private and saw a tongue tie specialist. Austin did indeed have a tongue tie. His was a Posterior Tongue Tie which i’m told isn’t picked up as easily.
For those that are interested, I’ve included the types of tongue tie below (it makes for an interesting read I think!);
- Class one: This is the most well-known type of tongue tie. The tie is at the very tip of the tongue.
- Class two: The tie is farther back towards the middle of the middle of the tongue.
- Class three: The tie is located at the base of the tongue.
- Class four: Also known as Posterior Tongue Ties (PTT), the tie is underneath the mucous membrane and must be felt for a diagnosis. Usually, this condition is mistaken for a short tongue.
Anyway, the procedure to ‘fix’ Austin was so quick and easy. After a consultation and watching him feed it was decided a Frenotomy was required. After an examination, our consultant used a pair of sterile scissors to snip the frenulum. Since there are very few nerve endings and blood vessels in that area, there was little to no pain and not too much bleeding either! Austin was popped straight onto the boob to keep the area moving and stop any bleed that may have occured and ta daaa… problem fixed!
After experiencing the difficulties in feeding and the consequences of a tongue tie, bringing a tongue tie consultant to the upcoming Artisan Baby Co Fair was of the upmost importance and we’re so excited to announce that Jas of Love2Latch will be at the show to support our vision!
Jas Jones is a Registered Midwife with over 12 years of experience. She has a BSC(Hons) and a Post Grad Dip. Now a qualified Supervisor of Midwives International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Tongue Tie practitioner she owns Love2Latch, a Tongue Tie clinic and Lactation Consultancy Service based in Northampton offering ‘in the home’ services in and around the surrounding areas.
With such a wealth of experience, we asked Jas to speak to us about tongue ties and the challenges that many face if they find their little one has one.
“Feeding your baby is one of the most exciting and challenging parts of being a parent and can also be an overwhelming experience if you choose to breast feed. This is because breastfeeding is a technique that involves lots of support from those around you, while both you and your baby are learning to make it work.
Having personally experienced both a straightforward breastfeeding journey and also one involving tongue tie divisions, mastitis and slow weight gain, my personal experience has fuelled my professional passion to develop the awareness and identification of Tongue Tie and the significance they can have on a woman and her baby’s feeding path.
Tongue Tie can cause many feeding difficulties, particularly with breastfeeding.
- Painful breastfeeding
- Sore and/or damaged nipples
- Issues with the mother’s milk supply
- Shallow latch onto the breast
- Noisy feeding (clicking/slurping)
- Slipping off the breast regularly
- Unsettled during and unsatisfied following feeds
- Poor weight gain
- Increased weight loss (than expected)
- Excessive dribbling
- Excessive wind/hiccoughs
A baby can face challenges if they are bottle feeding, such as;
- Struggling to attach well to the teat of the bottle
- Taking a long time to take the feed or taking it too quickly and causing gastro-intestinal upset
- Excessive dribbling
- Noisy feeding
- Tiring easily during the feed so takes a smaller amount and therefore may be slower to thrive
All of these challenges may or may not be as a direct result of your baby having a Tongue Tie, however they would warrant further detailed assessment and inspection of their tongue function by a health professional adequately trained to identify Tongue Tie. This is key and it is important that if the health professional is unsure, a referral should be made to a more experienced professional in tongue tie assessment.”
We’re so excited to be welcoming Jas to our upcoming fair and even more excited that she’s agreed to do a Live Talk for us at 14:30pm. The talk is included in your ticket price and one not to be missed as you just never know if it’s something that could affect your baby (or future baby too!).
If you’ve missed it, the show is on Sunday, 28th July at Delapré Abbey, Northampton.
Get your tickets here…. https://theartisanbabyco.com/buy-tickets/ Only £2 advance price AND includes a free goody bag too!