This is a post about growth, change and gratitude.
In 2018 we enter our 5th year in business. My how this little company has grown. We see more clients each year than the one before. This year we have even had the honour of working with new siblings in families we’ve helped in the past. We are so grateful and honoured to be asked to walk alongside new families during their breastfeeding journey, so much more the second time.
Typically the best time to start getting ready for elimination communication (EC) is during pregnancy. Read a few good books on EC, and join a local support group. Watch a video or two as well. Like with breastfeeding, it really helps to see the mechanics of EC before you try it yourself. Notice how the caregivers respond to the baby and the different ways they may hold the baby at different stages. Ask lots of questions.
Most of the information I had learned about adult ankyloglossia (tongue tie), was presented to me at the 2013 IATP (International Affiliation of Tongue Tie Practitioners) summit. There I learned that everyone with tethered oral tissue (TOTS) can compensate for the tension caused by tongue tie to varying degrees. For some compensation fails in infancy presenting as difficulty breastfeeding. As people with TOTs age compensation breakdown can look like feeding and swallowing difficulties (from infants to geriatrics), speech impediments, sleep apnea, as well as the symptoms I was presenting with. I became curious about my own oral function and learned a few of the criteria for diagnosing adult ankyloglossia. Which, as with infants, includes an assessment of symptoms, structure and function.
I often get email questions from parents, many of them have a similar theme, I’m going to publish a number of my responses here. This one was from a former client, who had questions about returning to work at the end of the Canadian maternity leave which happens around 12 months postpartum. It was prompted by the 2015 World Breastfeeding Week theme: BREASTFEEDING AND WORK: LET’S MAKE IT WORK!
The Elijah Community Enhancement Fund was borne out of my difficulty finding excellent care to help Elijah as he struggled to breastfeed and grow during the first year of his life. His story was shared here (at 7:18) and continues here.
I was addressing a topic that comes up frequently in parenting groups today, that of when to start solids. The poster wondered why her pediatrician now recommended starting solids at four months when she had recommended six months in the past. Several of the posters noted that Health Canada, the Canadian Pediatric Society, the World Health Organization, and La Leche League all recommend waiting until around the middle of the first year of a baby’s life.
Tongue and lip tie (often abbreviated to TT/LT) have become buzzwords among lactation consultants, bloggers and new mothers. For many, these are strange new words despite the fact that it is a relatively common condition. Treating tongue tie fell out of medical favour in the early 1950s. In breastfeeding circles, it was talked about occasionally, but until recently few health care professionals screened babies for tongue tie and it was frequently overlooked as a cause of common breastfeeding difficulties.