It all started about 24 hours after my daughter was born. I was on my way home from the hospital, my daughter started crying, so I did the check feed, nappy, sleep? after about 5 hours she was still crying, my dad finally gave in and took her for a drive, so I could get some sleep . At this point I was a very scared tired new mum. Once my dad arrive back she started crying, and after about 2 hours of shhhhh, I finally got her to sleep.
Over the next two day I struggled to breastfeed, and had to wait for the midwife to come. On the third day when the midwife came, things where not good, my daughter had lost too much weight. The midwife made it very clear that I had to put her on formula(something I really didn’t want to do). It was then that the midwife noticed that she was tongue-tied (A condition when there is too much skin under the tongue, and thus restricts the tongues movement). From the moments after she had the bottle, she became a different baby, she was more awake and alert. However there was still the problem that I couldn’t breastfeed and I didn’t know why. The next day a lactation consultant came out tot see me. Not long after she looked at my breast she could see that I would always have trouble breastfeeding, as my milk ducts had not formed properly, thus not be able to produce enough milk( which became very apparent late on when they most I could get was about 20ml every 4 hours).
After all this we still had to go to the doctor to get the skin under her tongue snipped. The 10 mins it took to do felt like hours. The relief after she came out was over whelming. It was clear soon after the different having that skin snipped made.
Those two weeks, scared and hurt me more than other ever has, and that fact that I went through them has made me a stronger person, and I am very glad that I have a very strong, healthy, cheeky 1 year old today
Posted by Imogen K, 15th April 2015