I believe my 11 week old daughter is suffering from an upper lip tie. I attempted to breastfeed, but was only able to do so for about a week due to the extreme pain it caused me. I let it go on for too long with an incorrect latch and things got to the point that I couldn't even pump without awful pain, so my supply dwindled. I even had an LC attempt to help me in the hospital. She never checked for or even mentioned a lip tie. The possibility of a tie never occurred to me until I was searching through these forums a few days ago.
My daughter is (bottle) feeding ok and gaining weight well according to the pediatrician (she's a little thing at 9lb 7oz as of her two month appt a couple weeks ago, but was born at 7lb 5oz). However, I've always thought she seemed to suck extra hard on the bottle nipple. I've also noticed that her upper lip has always flanged inward when she's eating, not outward like her bottom lip. Upon investigation, I discovered that her lip is completely connected to her upper gum all the way down and possibly even to the palate.
I contacted my pediatrician who advised me to wait until her 4 month appointment so he could evaluate it since she is gaining weight well and otherwise happy. I have also contacted several pediatric dentists to get their opinions - just waiting to hear back from them. In the mean time, I am wondering if anyone has had experience with something similar and what their plan of action was/is? If it needs to be clipped to improve her quality of life, I would rather do it sooner than later. Trying to decide whether or not to call the pediatrician back and insist on an appointment within the near future instead of waiting until January at 4 months.
Thank you for your insights!