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Lip tie?

Posted by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 9:09 PM
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So, from the very beginning, my son has had this thin piece of flesh that streches from his top lip across his gums. I brought it up with my son's pedi a while back and she said it was completely normal. I'm just wondring if maybe she was wrong. My son's top two teeth have since come in and the flesh is causing a gap between his teeth. It is a struggle to brush his teeth because in order to brush his top teeth, I have to pull his lip back and I'm not sure if that's comforable for him. When I brought it up with his pedi, she said it would resolve itself on it's own.

My son is asleep but I will try to post a pic of it later tonight or tommorrow...whenever he wakes up.

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MommyO2-6631
by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 9:54 PM
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a lip tie would explain a lot in your case. "slow" gain and tummy upsets if i recall? It can also cause tooth decay because the pocket created makes it nearly impossible to get the front teeth cleaned. Take little man to an ENT or pediatric dentist and demand it be revised!
JenniferMiller0
by Bronze Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Not great pics but these are the best I could manage. He kept kicking and squirming. Anyway, I am going to bring it back up with his pedi at his next appt. I've read that sometimes lipties do correct themselves.

BaltimoreBaby
by Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Following this.

I just figured out my 13 month old has a pretty serious lip tie. She nurses alright, though I always struggled with supply and I'm assuming her lip tie might be a reason? Anyway - now I'm also wondering if its something that should be delt with or if its too late to bother?

armywife2408
by on Jun. 9, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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My youngest sister had that as a baby and still does and now her dr said it should have been cut as a toddler. It has caused her problems eating and affects her speech. If your ped won't do anything go to another dr.
JenniferMiller0
by Bronze Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Well, my son had trouble nursing as a young infant. His latch was born, he had trouble gaining weight, he always was in pain because of gas. Most of those things went away as he got older. He still gets gas and is gaining weight slower than his doctor would like.

Quoting BaltimoreBaby:

Following this.

I just figured out my 13 month old has a pretty serious lip tie. She nurses alright, though I always struggled with supply and I'm assuming her lip tie might be a reason? Anyway - now I'm also wondering if its something that should be delt with or if its too late to bother?



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BaltimoreBaby
by Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 10:37 PM


See - if his pedi doesn't like his weight gain why be reluctant to deal with the lip tie? But wadda I know...

My daughter also gained slowly, had / has a swallow latch and I visited LC, pedis, anyone I could think of to help with what I always assumed was my supply problem. It was only when I came on here and went into detail that I looked and lo and behold, a lip tie. 

Im so upset no one, not even LCs ever looked. Months of tears and pain and slow weight gain... Not to mention the thousand or so spent on formula. 

Quoting JenniferMiller0:

Well, my son had trouble nursing as a young infant. His latch was born, he had trouble gaining weight, he always was in pain because of gas. Most of those things went away as he got older. He still gets gas and is gaining weight slower than his doctor would like.

Quoting BaltimoreBaby:

Following this.

I just figured out my 13 month old has a pretty serious lip tie. She nurses alright, though I always struggled with supply and I'm assuming her lip tie might be a reason? Anyway - now I'm also wondering if its something that should be delt with or if its too late to bother?





JenniferMiller0
by Bronze Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 10:41 PM

I refused to use formula. We used it for like 3 weeks...just until he gained enough weight make his doctors happy. He hated it. If mommy was feeding him the bottle, he wouldn't take it cause the boobies were right there. We are scheluded for a GI appt in August so maybe they will "discover" it and let us get it clipped or something.

Quoting BaltimoreBaby:


See - if his pedi doesn't like his weight gain why be reluctant to deal with the lip tie? But wadda I know...

My daughter also gained slowly, had / has a swallow latch and I visited LC, pedis, anyone I could think of to help with what I always assumed was my supply problem. It was only when I came on here and went into detail that I looked and lo and behold, a lip tie. 

Im so upset no one, not even LCs ever looked. Months of tears and pain and slow weight gain... Not to mention the thousand or so spent on formula. 

Quoting JenniferMiller0:

Well, my son had trouble nursing as a young infant. His latch was born, he had trouble gaining weight, he always was in pain because of gas. Most of those things went away as he got older. He still gets gas and is gaining weight slower than his doctor would like.

Quoting BaltimoreBaby:

Following this.

I just figured out my 13 month old has a pretty serious lip tie. She nurses alright, though I always struggled with supply and I'm assuming her lip tie might be a reason? Anyway - now I'm also wondering if its something that should be delt with or if its too late to bother?







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BaltimoreBaby
by Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 10:53 PM


Refused wasn't an option for me, unfortunately. My daughter dropped down in weight to dangerous levels, her bilirubin jumped up... I went into length about it on here once, but in short summery I would take her off formula one week a month and take a nursing vacation. We'd nurse 24/7. At the end of the week her pedi would schedule a weight check. She always lost dramatically and dangerously. Her diaper count would drop dangerously. Not to mention it'd be a week of her screaming in hunger 24/7. We did that for... 7ish months?

When I did feed formula I uses the SNS. I feel like I took every route I could to cut formula out and it failed to work for us.

So, I'm glad you were able to refuse. 

I hope they do 'discover' this for you - that be a nice route to go. 


Quoting JenniferMiller0:

I refused to use formula. We used it for like 3 weeks...just until he gained enough weight make his doctors happy. He hated it. If mommy was feeding him the bottle, he wouldn't take it cause the boobies were right there. We are scheluded for a GI appt in August so maybe they will "discover" it and let us get it clipped or something.

Quoting BaltimoreBaby:


See - if his pedi doesn't like his weight gain why be reluctant to deal with the lip tie? But wadda I know...

My daughter also gained slowly, had / has a swallow latch and I visited LC, pedis, anyone I could think of to help with what I always assumed was my supply problem. It was only when I came on here and went into detail that I looked and lo and behold, a lip tie. 

Im so upset no one, not even LCs ever looked. Months of tears and pain and slow weight gain... Not to mention the thousand or so spent on formula. 

Quoting JenniferMiller0:

Well, my son had trouble nursing as a young infant. His latch was born, he had trouble gaining weight, he always was in pain because of gas. Most of those things went away as he got older. He still gets gas and is gaining weight slower than his doctor would like.

Quoting BaltimoreBaby:

Following this.

I just figured out my 13 month old has a pretty serious lip tie. She nurses alright, though I always struggled with supply and I'm assuming her lip tie might be a reason? Anyway - now I'm also wondering if its something that should be delt with or if its too late to bother?









JenniferMiller0
by Bronze Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Oh, wow. Elliot dropped nearly a whole pound by his 2 week checkup. His latch was poor and I made the mistake of letting him sleep too long during the day. He would go 5-6 hrs sleeping. So, after being in the hosptial for 3 days and seeing a lactation specialist, we got his latch corrected and he regained his birth weight in like 4 days I think? We were supplementing with formula AFTER his nursing session. I am sorry breastfeeding didn't work for you.

It took work for us but we got through it...now he's a little booby baby!


Quoting BaltimoreBaby:




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MusherMaggie
by Ruby Member on Jun. 9, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Keep insisting until you can get it clipped. Lip ties are often accompanied by posterior tongue ties, which should also be clipped. Look in the resources post and see the links there about ties.
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