When the lactation consultant told me Cali was tongue tied, I felt a guilty surge of relief. There was an actual, physiological reason for our breastfeeding troubles. Unfortunately, that relief was short-lived. Diagnosing tongue tie was the easy part. Between insurance issues and overbooked schedules, finding a provider was a Herculean task that took us an exasperating two weeks to complete. In the meantime, I had to cope with breastfeeding a tongue tied baby.
If your baby was diagnosed with tongue tie, you face the difficult choice between a frenotomy and coping with your child’s unique anatomy. Either way, breastfeeding a tongue tied baby can be frustrating and feel next to impossible. In this post, I’ll share some of the techniques I used to successfully breastfeed a tongue tied baby.