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Micah’s First Perfect Latch

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My Men: 30 Minutes Post-Op

Micah is happily giving Sophie the Giraffe a tour of our hotel room floor as I type this. Just now he stopped by to pull up on my leg and give me a grin, and I can’t help but wonder . . . did he REALLY have surgery just an hour ago???

When they took him away, I felt sick and panicky. I couldn’t go with him. I couldn’t do anything but pray. But in a flash he was back in my arms. There was almost no blood and he was happy and calm within two minutes. It was absolutely incredible. And the nursing?? AHhhh! Dr. Kotlow did an amazing job with his lip tie and also went a little deeper with his tongue tie, and his latch feels PERFECT and COMFORTABLE for the first time. My heart is bursting!!

Thank you for your prayers and well wishes. Now we’re off to explore Albany.





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40 Responses to Micah’s First Perfect Latch

  1. Julie Whetstine via FB says:

    wowwww! *goosebumps*

  2. Lesley Spradlin says:

    yay!!! Praise the Lord! Thrilled for you to experience that first perfect latch!!

  3. Vivian Pollard Mock via FB says:

    Great news! Now enjoy your little family vacation!

  4. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    @Julie – Aww, thanks! I thought that was just me :)

  5. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Vivian Pollard Mock – We will!

  6. shannon says:

    awesome!!!! what a wonderful blessing!!! enjoy your time!!!

  7. Heather says:

    YAY! So glad for you both!! <3

  8. Margo Snider via FB says:

    Awesome! So glad ALL is well!

  9. Michelle Mccoy says:

    So happy for the two of you!

  10. Vanessa Reimer says:

    Oh, that’s so awesome! I’m so happy for you.

  11. Cindy says:

    I feel a lil’ deja vu reading this post. SO very happy, as I know the joy you are feeling w/ that post op nursing :). Congrats! Yay for answered prayers. Enjoy the rest of the “vacation”. Safe travels!

  12. Mikenna Ingram via FB says:

    Yay! 😀

  13. Emily Brown says:

    I couldn’t wait to get to my computer to hear the news…….SO happy for you!!!!

  14. Mellanie says:

    Yay! So glad to hear the good news! Here’s to many, many, many more perfect latches!

  15. Leah says:

    Yeah! Your post made my eyes fill with tears. I am so thankful that all went well. God is good!

  16. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Thank you, Margo Snider. All is definitely well. Are you going to The Art of Birth tomorrow/

  17. Mommypotamus via FB says:


  18. Angela says:

    That’s fantastic! :)

    And I thought when you said NY, you meant NYC. We’re in Plattsburgh, about 3 hours north of Albany. Enjoy upstate, it’s the best! How long are you in NY?

    • Heather says:

      We’re leaving in the morning because we miss our little girl, but our time here has been AMAZING. Started out in Albany today and got as far as Essex. Lovely drive. Fantastic weather. One of my favorite weekend trips ever. :)

      • Angela says:

        Oh man, we could have connected for sure! We go to Essex every Friday night to our CSA.

        On another note, I just checked our little girl for this since I’ve been noticing some painful nursing and teeth indentations on occasion when she nurses. Based on the pictures you referred to, she definitely has an upper maxillary tie, and so do I! I’ll definitely be contacting Dr. Kotlow. Thank you so much for this info!

  19. Kirsten says:

    Sooo happy for all of you! Hooray! :)

  20. Melodie says:

    How wonderful. I can just imagine your complete joy. Hugs! xox

  21. Margo Snider via FB says:

    no. We have a full saturday with a garage sale then going to support a friend’s son play in Battle of the Bands @ Kellerfest. I am already pooped!

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  24. Sara says:

    Long story short, I have a FF 4 month old son, Alexander. He had trouble with breast feeding since day 1, I had multiple LC’s try to help but no one could. I starting loosing my supply, exclusively pumping wasn’t working. We found out he has severe reflux at 2 months, which is why he had trouble keeping breast milk down, I thought that was the reason for not latching correctly too, then at 3 months tongue tie. We had the tongue tie clipped and i thought things would get better and maybe with a miracle i could try to breastfeed again. Now at 4 months I thought he was teething so I waited for him to fall asleep and found that he is lip-tied. I am somewhat angry and upset about the fact that no one mentioned this or checked for it, he is fully formula fed because I lost my supply. He has a very hard time holding his bottle or sucking on a pacifier, almost like he can’t get a grip and pushes it out with his tongue. What do I do now? Should I contact one of the Doctors you suggested? At four months will they be able to fix it? He is on Medicaid, will that effect finding someone to do it? Please any information will help. Thank You.

  25. Kristin says:

    Hi there! I’m curious how things are going for you since the procedure and if you feel you made the right decision. My 3-month-old has a lip tie and I have planned on letting it go because nursing is going okay and I like to avoid procedures at all costs, BUT his latch is far from perfect and I cried reading about yours after the procedure! We are in Georgia, so it wouldn’t be an easy thing to have done, but I also want what’s best for my little one :). I know you are beyond busy, but if you could email me at, I would love to hear your thoughts. Everyone I’ve talked to down here is quick to cut it rather than look into alternatives. Thank you!!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Kristin, in my case it was definitely the right decision. My son nursed much better after the procedure and started sleeping through the night because he wasn’t hungry as often. Since I wrote this post I gave birth to another little boy who was also tongue/lip tied. We had them corrected when he was two weeks old and it made a huge difference for us. Of course, this is my family’s experience – everyone is different :)

  26. Stephanie Hirmer says:

    I am sitting in a hotel room in Albany with my 3 month old anxiously waiting for our appointment with Dr. Kotlow. Thank you for posting all this wonderful information about lip/tongue ties, it has brought us all the way from Alaska to try and get some answers for our BF issues and his excessive clicking & gassiness. Also thank you so much for posting about your experience, it makes me feel a bit better and I hope my baby boy isn’t too upset after the lip tie procedure.

  27. Hannah says:

    Hi Heather! Thank you so much for posting all of this! I have been all over the map trying to figure out what was the root of our problem: poor sleep, nursing all night, reflux, and oh- the pain and sometimes engorgement even 7 months in….
    so after my little guys top tooth came in and i noticed how pronounced his lip tie actually was I read some of your posts, and it all clicked!
    I dug around and found a dentist here in Austin trained by Kotlow who did the procedure for both lip and tongue tie. This procedure was done 2 days ago and I have a few questions about the aftermath…
    1) My son is still waking frequently, how long did you find it took for this to resolve- (I know every baby is different, and some of this could be habit- My LO literally sleeps attached to the boob!)
    2) His latch has changed so much and and my production almost seems to have decreased since he isn’t having to work so hard. Do you think this is possible?
    3) Did you notice an immediate change in reflux/gassiness after the procedure or did that take a while too?
    Thanks again or your time!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Hannah!

      1. I can’t remember exactly how soon it was, but my son’s sleeping habits changed fairly quickly after the procedure. However, my daughter who had an undiagnosed tie became “hardwired” to wake frequently even when she didn’t really need to nurse anymore. She was two and still nursing, but eating enough solids to easily sleep through the night. However, for her, the habit of waking frequently that was established was much harder to correct. Every child probably responds differently.

      2. I’m not sure . . . I would get in touch a lactation consultant about that.

      3. My older son’s only real symptom was frequent waking and gassiness. Both of those resolved pretty quickly after the procedure, but I will say that after he had it done the first time (with scissors) he was obviously sore for a few days.

      Hope that helps!

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