June 29, 2017 was the most amazing day of our lives–Myla was born. I will never forget when they brought her to me. They placed her on my chest and I was overcome with so many emotions. The wonderful team at UC Davis Children’s Hospital gave us time with Myla so we could stare at our beautiful little girl and soak up the moment. But soon I started to think–is she hungry? How do I feed her? I was already jumping into mama mode–wanting to care for my daughter, and into new mama mode–being insecure on how to do so.
Fortunately, we received great support from the medical team as well as the lactation consultants. I was having a great deal of trouble getting her to latch onto my right breast. Then came night two in the hospital and Myla became very upset. Around 2 a.m. I noticed that when Myla let out another hearty wail, the tip of her tongue seemed to be attached at the front. Could this be our challenge? Yes, indeed.
It’s Called Ankyloglossia
The Bowen Technique
As it turned out, Myla was very tight on her right side, which is why I had trouble breastfeeding. It all made sense! After Judy worked with Myla and was able to loosen her up, she prompted me to nurse. No joke, it was THE best latch I had ever had! So far, we were very happy with the treatment as well as how natural an approach this was. So far, everyone was doing everything possible so that our sweet baby girl would be set for success!
We booked our consultation for the snipping with Dr. Trout’s office, while, at the same time, coordinating with Bowen Therapy. Dr. Trout’s office was able to schedule us within the next week, and Judy (at Kids Korner) planned to meet with us afterwards to ensure Myla was relaxed and ready for the procedure.
The Tongue\Lip Snip
The staff then encouraged me to nurse Myla whenever we were ready. Sure enough, she successfully latched on a short time after. I was SO happy I could have skipped out of that office. Dr. Trout confirmed that babies who visit Bowen Therapy before this procedure are much more content afterward. It made such a big difference! I’m a believer.
To make sure we stay on the right track, we continue to visit Bowen. The therapy serves to compliment Myla’s recuperation and guarantee her continued success. I can’t say it enough. It’s ALL natural. No drugs. No harm.
We are very happy with our current status, as our baby girl and I are now pros at breastfeeding. Instead of being in pain as I nurse, I can truly enjoy our beautiful connection and the bond we’re creating.