Scott A. Siegel, MD, DDS, FACS, FICS, FAAP

Northeast Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, PLLC

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Infant Diagnosis of Tongue and/or Lip Tie: "Don't Hesitate"

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Infant Diagnosis of Tongue and/or Lip Tie: “Don’t Hesitate” is a mother’s story of how her three day-old’s laser tongue-tie surgery dramatically benefited her daughter’s ability to thrive, while strengthening their breastfeeding relationship. Here’s her story:

“I consider myself to be so fortunate for so many reasons. While breastfeeding my first daughter I learned so much about breastfeeding in general, and heard over and over again about tongue and lip ties. When I gave birth to my daughter, my midwife immediately pointed out her tongue tie. Within 24 hours I knew something was really wrong and was in quite a bit of pain. I was encouraged by my midwife to get it released as soon as possible, and she gave me Dr. Siegel's number.

I hated the idea of doing anything to my newborn daughter that would cause her pain, but I knew that if it wasn't addressed it could lead to milk transfer issues, weight loss, and trauma to myself that could lead to infection, thrush, and the end of our breastfeeding relationship. I knew it was the kind of thing that was best acted upon immediately. I asked a local mothering group if anyone had heard of/used Dr. Siegel, and within five minutes, story after story of how wonderful he was and how life changing the revision was popped up. I contacted Dr. Siegel, and he bent over backwards to meet with me that very day.

The procedure itself took less than 2 minutes. My three day-old daughter cried a bit, but honestly no harder than if I were changing a diaper or getting her dressed. He was so gentle, and considerate of my feelings and worries as well as her comfort. I nursed her immediately after the procedure, and that stopped her crying. By the time we got back home she was no longer numb and nursed perfectly (and painlessly for me) for the first time in her life. She never showed any discomfort in the days to follow.

I followed Dr. Siegel's instructions and rubbed below her tongue to ensure that it would heal properly, and upon our follow up appointment everything was perfect. I caught it so early, so she was fixed by the time my milk really came in. She never lost any weight, and was up half a pound by one week old, and gained over 3 pounds in the following four weeks. Since the procedure, I haven't experienced any pain at all while nursing. I took care of this before my own body was damaged, so I never had to struggle through frequent newborn nursing sessions while healing. If you are reading this testimonial, you must feel that something might be wrong.

Please don't hesitate. Dr. Siegel is wonderful, the difference is night and day, and it is instantaneous. You will never regret it!"

-J.M., Mother of Three Day Old Post-Operative Laser Tongue-Tie Patient

Categories: Patient Stories- Tongue and Lip-tie