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Tie issue?

Tie issue?

Wondering if anyone else’s baby was diagnosed with a lip and posterior tie? At almost 8 months, we have learned that my son actually does have one. I had breastfed him for 7.5 months, and it was beyond frustrating. It didn’t hurt, but he was uncomfortable all of the time. His weight gain had slowed down tremendously as well. He went from 25% to 1.5%. We had switched to breast milk in a bottle which was helpful, but I couldn’t keep up with how much he needed, so we then switched to BM plus formula. They thought he had a dairy/soy allergy, so I was on an elimination diet including beef for months. My son was improving quite a bit once he was on the bottle, but was still fussy at night. He can’t sleep through the night. He wakes up gassy and crying. We finally went to the city and saw a preferred specialist for the tie. I found out that I have a minor posterior tie and my husband has a moderate lip and tongue tie as does my son. I do have MTHFR which apparently is common with ties and is genetic. I guess I am conflicted at this point if it is worth reversing since he is doing so much better on formula. My husband and I just switched to medical grade formula hoping this will solve his gas issues, but if it doesn’t then maybe it is tie related? He is on acid reflux meds too.

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  1. Hi Stefanie,

    A tongue tie effects more than just breastfeeding- it can impact eating, speech, oral hygiene, digestion (which may explain the reflux) and more. It could help with sleep as well to revise the lip and tongue. You may also be able to rebuild your breastfeeding relationship.

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    1. Thank you for your input. Both my husband and I have had an issue (both diagnosed with ties), so we are so conflicted on doing this to him at almost 8 months with him being so alert. If the medical grade formula doesn’t solve the issue, then I think we will be left with no choice but to reverse it.

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  2. Hi Stefanie, what a journey you’ve had so far! I would also echo what Leigh Anne says about a tie revision possibly helping you re establish your breastfeeding relationship (If you are wanting that). I’d just be sure to know that a tie revision is not a magic bullet and it may not address everything such as gas or sleep patterns, which can be multi factorial. Depending on the severity of the tie too it may have no effect on speech (I’ve got one that never caused any issues!) but you obviously wouldn’t be able to tease that out now. Take home: see what your goals are, talk to some trusted professionals, and know that if you do go for a revision it is a very quick, minor procedure. Good luck!

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