Theresa thinks her baby has a tongue tie but is nervous about getting it "clipped".
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Hi Dr Ryen. I just had my first baby a week ago. The birth went fine, but my midwife said my little boy is tongue tied. We’re breastfeeding, but my nipples are killing me! They’re all chapped and raw. Feeding my baby is supposed to be a special time, but I just dread it anytime he’s hungry. I feel like a failure as a mother already! Also, my mom googled tongue ties and is convinced Aiden’s going to grow up with speech impediments! But I don’t want to get it fixed because the surgery can cause bleeding or mouth injuries. What should I do?!
Theresa, congratulations on the new baby! Most new moms assume breastfeeding is a natural, easy, peaceful experience, so they’re often devastated when they run into trouble. Breastfeeding difficulty is common. It’ll take some time for you and Aiden to learn how to do it comfortably.
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