I need your help with my lip tie campaign - Direct2Mum

Sam Kirkpatrick 13/01/2013 13:12:04 6 Replies 16 Views

Ok everyone it really is time for you to show your support and make a difference. Here is a link to the petition I have set up to try and make it standard practise to check for lip tie at birth. Please sign it and share it, we need thousand...s of signatures to make it count.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/44390

Here is my story again if you missed it first time!

I am starting a campaign to try and raise awareness of something called lip-tie. It’s a condition that lots of babies are born with (10%-15% of the population) and can potentially affect their ability to feed and, later on, cause issues with speech and teeth. It’s as it sounds, their lip is ‘tied’ to their gums by an extra bit of skin – the degree of tie can vary – sometimes it can cause no problem at all, and other times can be more serious.

The reason I am doing this is because I have discovered, completely by accident, our precious Olivia has it. It is not checked for at birth and in fact health visitors and midwives don’t seem to even have heard of it.

Due to her lip-tie I was forced to combination feed after three days as she wasn’t gaining enough weight. As a new mother I was really upset about it and felt like a failure that couldn’t provide for her baby. Little did I know that it wasn’t me at all.

Since finding out myself and posting on forums about it, other Mums have discovered their little ones have it too, and indeed now know why there were initial issues with feeding.

I want all babies to be checked for this routinely at birth so that if they have it, potential feeding issues can be explained and perhaps given guidance with. Also for anyone who has a baby in the future to be aware of its existence so they can check themselves and be aware of its potential implications.

Thanks for your support- Sam K x
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Sam Kirkpatrick
Sam Kirkpatrick
Fab, thank you- spread the word! :)

15/01/2013 21:18:59

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Les A Bain
Les A Bain
Done Sam :) This should be checked for as a matter of routine, to avoid unnecessary feeding complications and stress for both mum and baby. Two of my four children had it. The health visitor noticed my daughter had it on her visit when I explained the problems we had with breast feeding. After going through similar issues with my wee boy I asked for him to be checked, and it was discovered he had the same.
Checking at birth would have saved me a lot of stress and my babies a lot of frustration. What you are doing is great, I really hope you are listened to. I will share this with my friends :)
Lesley x

22/01/2013 18:50:25

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Jayne Watts
Jayne Watts
Sam, I would add checking for a tongue tie to your campaign we had a nightmare with our second baby who had an undiagnosed tongue tie for 11 weeks, screaming the whole time whenever I wasn't feeding him - because he was hungry! I didn't know what to do, then finally I was helped by yet another healthcare professional who like many others watched me feed only to immediately say she thought he had a tongue tie. Apparently it takes a second for a midwife to run their finger under the tongue to check, they just don't do it as standard - even when a mum is constantly asking for help with feeding and suffers from mastitus which is a common symptom (I know that now!) I've signed but wanted to add my perspective! Jayne

22/01/2013 19:50:27

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Jane C English
Jane C English
I have signed your petition, good luck wth this,x

12/04/2013 14:49:29

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Fay Briddon
Fay Briddon
Brilliant cause.....and great support already shown. Thank you for sharing with us Sam. x

17/04/2013 08:43:47

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