I am contactable at every stage of your feeding journey for the 6 week period following your baby's tongue-tie division. This is called 'IBCLC in your pocket!'.
Over the next few weeks you are encouraged to access these pages so that you know what to expect, and at which point. Of course, there are always exceptions and no two feeding journeys are the same. Your journey is very bespoke. Influencing factors to their feeding efficiency include gestation at birth, medical health, ill health, home distractions, teething, injections, developmental/growth leaps and type of birth-alongside the current tone and strength of their tongue which will improve at different rates.
Below is the current weeks suggested & generalised guidance to allow you the opportunity to understand what to 'expect', in the hope it is reassuring.
There are many 'variations of normal', so you are actively encouraged to contact me directly with any queries, questions or concerns-or just for an update chat!
This upcoming week, and moving forwards, you should really be starting to see noticeable changes in feeding ability, still with good and bad days, but a marked improvement non-the less. If this is not the case please get in contact with me. This should also be reflected in weight gain-which is likely to have been playing a bit of "catch-up" from division until now, but your little one should now be beginning to metabolise to their new percentile curve 🤞🏼.
As ever, please keep me posted!
C Close: Move baby's arms out of the way-around the breast like a 'superman' pose so they are still free to 'knead' your breast but not fighting against you.
H Head: Make sure their head is free. Support the back of the neck & shoulders rather than holding their head in place (they need to be able to extend back their neck to get an up-and-over motion to latch asymmetrically.
I In-line: Babys's body is in-line (shoulder, hip & ear) which is applicable to all breast/chest feeding positions. Head & tummy facing into the breast as if baby is lying on top of you rather than on their side (cradle position)
N Nose to Nipple: This encourages the head tilt to get a deeper mouthful of mammary tissue, with your nipple towards the back of their mouth, so the gums are around the areola asymmetrically.
S Sustainable: A comfortable position for you. Bringing baby to you, and not you bending/tilting forwards to baby-don't want to get back ache! This position can be supported with soft malleable pillows for your comfort ensuring that as baby grows the pillows don't make the position too high to feed effectively.