Little Brother N lay in my arms screaming at me to feed him; desperately pleading with me to give him what he wanted. I tried to remain calm and rely on the different ideas and tools I had read about or learned while nursing our older son for more than 14 months. I used a soothing voice and tried to coax him to me. When I switched sides, he still wasn’t interested. When I moved positions, he looked at me like I was the worst mom in the world. After what felt like hours but was likely a handful of minutes, I gave in and offered him a bottle. He settled in and smiled at me with his eyes. Continue reading
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I’m taking a step back in time to talk about N’s tongue-tie. First, I want to introduce tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia. According to the Mayo Clinic, tongue-tie is a condition that restricts the tongue’s range of motion due to an unusually short, thick, band of tissue (lingual frenulum) tethering the bottom of the tongue’s tip to the floor of the mouth. There are varying levels of severity and the need to correct the condition, through a frenectomy procedure, is based on each individual situation and doctor’s recommendation. Basically, the frenectomy procedure consists of numbing the mouth, clipping the tissue attaching the tongue to the bottom of the mouth, and cauterizing it to stop the bleeding. I have read that tongue-tie is more common in boys than girls and that it does run in families. Interestingly, my niece was tongue-tied and I was lip-tied. There are all several kinds of tissue ties that occur in the mouth. If you are concerned your child might have one, contact your doctor or dentist.