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Dani Harmer reveals her newborn son Rowan suffers with tongue-tie leaving her unable to breastfeed


Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer reveals her newborn son Rowan suffers with tongue-tie leaving her unable to breastfeed him

Dani Harmer has revealed that her newborn son Rowan suffers with tongue-tie which has left her unable to breastfeed him.

The Tracy Beaker star, 33, took to Instagram on Sunday to post the news about the condition where the strip of skin connecting the baby’s tongue to the bottom of their mouth is shorter than usual.

Dani gave birth to her second child with her husband Simon Brough last month naming him Rowan Leon James.

Condition: Dani Harmer has revealed that her newborn son Rowan suffers with tongue-tie which has left her unable to breastfeed him

Condition: Dani Harmer has revealed that her newborn son Rowan suffers with tongue-tie which has left her unable to breastfeed him

Sharing Louise Thompson’s post, Dani wrote: ‘Thank you @louise.thompson for posting this!! Some of us try to breastfeed but difficulties get in the way!’

She continued: ‘My recovery didn’t go to plan and Rowan had a tongue tie which led to us having to bottle feed! A happy healthy baby is what’s important.’ 

The former Made In Chelsea star, 31, described in her own post about how she felt ‘too ashamed to say no’ to breastfeeding while in ‘excruciating pain’.

Candid: The Tracy Beaker star, 33, took to Instagram on Sunday to post the news about the condition where the strip of skin connecting the baby's tongue to the bottom of their mouth is shorter than usual

Candid: The Tracy Beaker star, 33, took to Instagram on Sunday to post the news about the condition where the strip of skin connecting the baby’s tongue to the bottom of their mouth is shorter than usual

New arrival! Dani gave birth to her second child with her husband Simon Brough last month naming him Rowan Leon James

New arrival! Dani gave birth to her second child with her husband Simon Brough last month naming him Rowan Leon James

It comes after the actress, who is already mother to daughter Avarie-Belle, five, revealed she had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes in an Instagram post. 

Dani posted a photo of her daily blood glucose log book as she asked her followers for their advice. 

Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that can develop at any time during pregnancy but is more common in the second or third trimester, usually disappearing after the baby is born.

Family: It comes after the actress, who is already mother to daughter Avarie-Belle, five, revealed she had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes in an Instagram post

Family: It comes after the actress, who is already mother to daughter Avarie-Belle, five, revealed she had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes in an Instagram post

Brother and sister: Tongue-tie is sometimes diagnosed during a baby's newborn physical examination, but it's not always easy to spot

Brother and sister: Tongue-tie is sometimes diagnosed during a baby’s newborn physical examination, but it’s not always easy to spot

Alongside the image she penned: ‘Not quite how I wanted to end this pregnancy but super glad we found out when we did! Newly diagnosed gestational diabetes so any tips are welcome!’

She added: ‘Sending love to those who’ve had it throughout their pregnancy.’

In a further update she thanked her fans for sharing their experiences of gestational diabetes and added that she was lucky she ‘only had a few weeks left.’ 

She penned: 'Not quite how I wanted to end this pregnancy but super glad we found out when we did! Newly diagnosed gestational diabetes so any tips are welcome!'

She penned: ‘Not quite how I wanted to end this pregnancy but super glad we found out when we did! Newly diagnosed gestational diabetes so any tips are welcome!’

Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia)

Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is where the strip of skin connecting the baby’s tongue to the bottom of their mouth is shorter than usual.

Some babies who have tongue-tie do not seem to be bothered by it. In others, it can restrict the tongue’s movement, making it harder to breastfeed.

Tongue-tie is sometimes diagnosed during a baby’s newborn physical examination, but it’s not always easy to spot. It may not be obvious until your baby has problems feeding.

Signs of tongue-tie

To breastfeed successfully, a baby needs to latch on to both the breast tissue and nipple, and their tongue needs to cover the lower gum so the nipple is protected from damage.

Some babies with tongue-tie are not able to open their mouths wide enough to latch on to the breast properly.

Treating tongue-tie 

Treatment is not always needed, if your baby has tongue-tie but can feed without any problems. If their feeding is affected, treatment involves a simple procedure called tongue-tie division.

Source: NHS

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