We have been having problems since birth with breastfeeding. robyn is now latching and sucking better, however she clicks and slurps a lot when feeding and her latch often slips so I have to relatch her. This is much more pronounced on the right side than the left, she also needs to burp a lot more on the right side, and milk often dribbles out the corner of her mouth.
I noticed today that Robyn has a very pronounced frenulum (the bit of skin attaching the middle of the top lip). It seems to extend right down to where her teeth are going to be. it seems that this isn't a problem in itself unless its too tight and LO can't turn their top lip back when latched. I can't see if Robyn turns her lip back or not. However I stuck my finger in her mouth to suck on so I could see, and her lip goes in and out as she sucks. Is this normal? as if I suck my finger my lip stays out, is this just an adult/baby difference?
There is an adult baby difference, yes. If you pull on the lip a little, if it blanches through to the palate, it suggests it's a strong tie. Children often break them themselves once they start moving about. I don't think they tend to be dealt with, certainly not on the NHS. Arthur has a strong tie, and he's a messy, noisy feeder, but transfers milk fine. Best to keep an eye on it.
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