Little Bug was born with a posterior tongue tie and at 16 weeks, he had a corrective procedure done to release the tie. We are approaching the one year mark of finding out he had the tie, and I wanted to update how we are doing with the tie now.

We have now passed one year of breastfeeding and we are still going strong. He nurses once in the morning, sometimes at lunch time, once when I get home from work, once after shower/bath and before bed. He usually still nurses at least twice during the night, although if he is teething, sick, or just upset, he will nurse more often overnight. His latch is still not as great as I would like, but he does well transferring the milk, so I am not too worried about it. One of the classic signs of a posterior tongue tie is a heart shaped tip of the tongue. Little Bug still has this, and it took him until a month ago to really start using his tongue a lot. He is finally blowing raspberries and using his tongue to make other noises. It almost seems like he is finally figuring out how to manipulate his tongue around in his mouth.

There is some concern about his speech being affected, and so far we would have no idea because he refuses to actually use words. He communicates with us with a series of grunts and squeals, but he gets his point across. He definitely understands what we are saying to him, so I do wonder if his tongue is making it difficult for him to form some words. I have a standing appointment scheduled with a speech therapist at the end of the year to check him if he still hasn’t started talking yet. I’m not really that worried yet, and I think that if nothing else, having some extra help will not harm him if we end up taking him to the speech therapist.

As far as eating solid food goes, he is an absolute champ. He seems to have no trouble whatsoever with moving food in and around his mouth. He tackles just about anything we give him and doesn’t seem to be struggling at all with eating. He has learned to use a straw and a Munchkin cup, as well as a standard sippy cup. In looking at where the tie actually is, I can see that there is some reattachment. Again, I am not too worried about it and it doesn’t seem to be affecting anything at this point, so we are just going to watch and see how it goes. If he shows signs of struggling with eating or drinking, I will not hesitate to take him back in to the doctor.

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I do not regret having the procedure done and I am 100% sure that if I had not had it done, we would not be breastfeeding to this day. I feel so lucky to have had a leading specialist so close by that could do the procedure and was also available for me to contact any time. I actually wrote a long and very sappy email to him a few weeks ago thanking him for what he is doing and for making my breastfeeding relationship with Little Bug possible for this long!

Did your little one have a tongue tie? Did it affect them in any way?