Message: Hi, I have enjoyed hearing both of you talk at conferences through the years, and feel I’ve learned so much from you both. I have a mom and baby I am working with that has me puzzled. Baby was only 5-11 at delivery, 37.5 weeks, and was on bottles for the first two weeks while mom pumped. Great milk supply. He does not have a tongue tie, but has issues extending his tongue. We tried a nipple shield, and without, he’ll do fine occasionally and then resort to biting again. Mom has discovered that she can get him on in the semi-reclining (nurturing?) position, but then he bites with the upper gum. He has a high palate, could this be the cause of him biting with the upper gum? The only thing I could think of. She does have ‘smallish’ nipples, which gives him less to get his tongue under. She is very determined and I want to help her succeed. Any suggestions??
Suzy Adams, RN, BSN, IBCLC