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Demeli posted:
Well, I'm still waiting to go to my DS's 2 month appt. I've been having feeding issues---dribbling during the whole bottle, gagging b/c sometimes he's getting too much milk (even w/ a newborn nipple), gassy, fussy, spitting up, sometimes crying during a bottle. Well, someone mentioned about my son being tongue tied..and i said well its not too severe of a tongue tie and my dr. said it was fine, but I am now wondering is this where all of the problems are steming from? There isn't a whole lot about bottle feeding and tongue tie--the issue more lies w/ breastfeeding. I found this on Baby Center "'Symptoms of tongue-tie in bottle-fed babies are not so noticeable -- they may just take longer to empty their bottle, become colicky and dribble a lot. It doesn't usually affect their ability to gain weight". And thats very true about the weight..he's a chunk!!! But if he's becoming colicky just b/c he's tongue tied i'd rather the dr just snip his frenulum then keep going thru this. My first son was tongue tied--literally to the tip of his tongue and we had it snipped in the hospital at like 3 days old.
So i was just wondering if any of you have dealt w/ tongue tied but w/ bottle feeding and possibly did have the frenulum snipped and the symptoms went away?
His problems may not be from his tongue, possibly reflux or just plain gassy...but i just have to wonder about his tongue!
phoenix31674 responded:
My son is tongue tied. He's breast fed and does eat enough, but you can definitely hear him losing suction. I hadn't noticed it until now (he's 5.5 months) because he just started trying to stick his tongue out. He won't really take a bottle, which is a pain since we can't leave him for a night out or anything.

His doc agreed and has set me up for a consult to have it clipped (they won't do it at our clinic). I do wonder if this contributed to his bad colic while younger. I really would prefer they clip it now. Yes it may resolve, but it might not and I won't want it to become an issue eating solid food, talking or in other facets in life as he got older.

My husband had this and until his grandmother noticed it, he was not able to drink from a bottle and my MIL had to feed him from a spoon, but once snipped he could drink just fine from the bottle.
Dan Brennan, MD replied to phoenix31674's response:
Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a common reason for infants to have difficulty latching while feeding. It should be a fairly simple diagnosis for your pediatrician to make.

While some pediatricians may clip the frenulum in their offices, the trend in many communities is to refer these cases to an ENT (ear nose throat) specialist.

Dr. Dan
YayaCindy replied to Dan Brennan, MD's response:
My grand daughter is tongue tied and we are having a really hard time getting her to take breast milk from a bottle. This is neccessay because when my daughter goes back to work in sabout 3 weeks I will be keeping her and she will need to be able to drink from a bottle. We are going tomorrow and get several different bottles/nipples to try. Should I push my daughter to get an ENT referal asap?
phoenix31674 replied to YayaCindy's response:
I would. We didn't pursue it right away with my son and we could never get him to take a bottle. I don't know what would have happened if I'd had to leave him. When he was 10 months old we were able to leave him with MIL, but he was eating solids by then and didn't need as much breast milk. Perhaps if we had gotten his tongue fixed younger I might have been able to get him to take a bottle. I tried all sorts of nipples from the regular to the Doc Brown to ones that are supposed to be more breast like.

Also make sure when giving her the bottle, it's you doing it and mom is nowhere in sight or hearing. It might help.

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