I shared this story on Facebook but it is vital that every person, especially ever parent read this. "Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning" http://mariovittone.com/2010/05/154/
This is a post from a blog that is several years old but it is the first time I saw it and I thought it was intreging.
First, there are many reasons why it would be beneficial or helpful or preferable to be able to check your progress without having a vaginal exam. The most obvious is the discomfort of having someone (as I read on another blog) “search for my tonsils via my lady parts.” Also, vaginal exams increase the risk of infection if the water has broken — even when sterile gloves are used, there are bacteria on your body that get on the sterile gloves and then are given a free ride up to your cervix. Full Article
And lastly an article on a topic near and dear to Lactation Consultants hearts. How often have a suggested to a client that she have her baby evalutated for Tongue Tie have her doctor tell her the baby is fine because they don't know the proper evalutation techniques or "don't believe that TT effects breastfeeding". I've also seen babies whose mothers told me they had their baby's tongue released and on examination I am sure their doctor did a minimal job and didn't release it far enough. Someday there will be experts everywhere to evaluate every baby's tongue function and treat it appropriately.
Treating tongue tie could help more babies breastfeed
Wednesday, June 30, 2010.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Doctors advise new mothers to breastfeed for at least the first six months of a baby’s life, but a simple yet often untreated problem can sabotage their efforts, University of Florida researchers say.
Called a tongue tie, the problem occurs when the connective tissue under the tongue is too tight. A tongue tie can hinder some newborns from being able to breastfeed properly and painlessly, and this struggle can lead many new mothers to give up breastfeeding.
A simple snip can fix the problem, but many doctors still do not perform the procedure despite the effects a tongue tie can have on breastfeeding, writes UF neonatologist Dr. Sandra Sullivan in an article published online this month in the journal Pediatrics. Read Full Article..