Next question. Lip tie. To fix, or not to fix.
Evie has a lip tie. The doc hasn't looked at it yet, but I'm waiting for our appointment next Monday.
I just discovered it Friday evening. We've never been able to latch while laying down and I still have to take time to get a decent latch when sitting up. She's been starting to slip off the breast and tries to regain latch by sucking hard and gets the tip only :ouch:. She also clicks and can't control my flow during let down so she gasps (which the LC said is NOT choking). I didn't think to have the LC look in her mouth for abnormalities and when they first visited me in the birthing center, it was bad timing and she was actively nursing, so they didn't get to look in her mouth then, either.
I'm debating having it fixed or not. I don't know (even after looking it up) what all would be needed to fix it and I'm not sure I can put her through the temporary physical pain and myself through the emotional pain of watching her go through it just for a better latch. I'm not cracked or bleeding.. but I'm still raw and in pain and I would like to be able to nurse while lying down.
I am uncertain if it would affect her speech later in life or not. She does not appear to have a tongue tie, just her upper lip.
How do you determine if it will affect speech later? I'm not certain my own doc can tell me that? But she's a family practitioner, not a pediatrician. Ugh.