Breastfeeding difficulties?

Treating tongue and lip ties can be essential to infant health.

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Breathe Correct offers an Infant Consultation to evaluate your infant and determine if your baby is tongue tied or lip tied and if a procedure to eliminate the tie is needed. The procedure is quick, nearly painless, and is done in our office.

What is a tongue tie and lip tie? We all have a lingual frenulum (or frenum) under our tongue. If you lift your tongue and look in the mirror, you’ll see it. The frenum is the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. In some people, it’s tighter or thicker than it should be, and this can physically restrict the movement and function of the tongue.

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We are all born with some of this tissue, but for some babies it is so tight that they cannot move their tongues properly. This can affect their ability to breastfeed, or even take a bottle or a pacifier. A tongue tie can also affect the proper growth and development of a child.

The piece of tissue that attaches the lip to the gums is also a frenulum/frenum called the labial, or lip, frenum. When these membranes are too thick or too tight, they can keep the upper lip from moving freely making it difficult to get a good grasp, or latch, on the nipple. This condition is called a lip tie. Babies who have lip tie almost always also have tongue tie. Tongue tie along with lip tie can make breastfeeding difficult for babies, and in some cases, cause babies to have trouble gaining weight.

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Tongue tie and lip tie symptoms

Difficulty breastfeeding is one of the most common indications that your child may have a tongue tie or lip tie.

Symptoms for a tongue tie or lip tie in children include:

  • Struggling to initiate or maintain latch on to the breast
  • Difficulty breathing during feeding
  • Making a clicking sound while nursing
  • Falling asleep often during nursing
  • Acting extremely fatigued by nursing
  • Slow weight gain or lack of weight gain
  • Colic
  • 1 hour or less between feedings

If a child has tongue tie or lip tie and you’re a breastfeeding mother, you may experience:

  • Pain during or after breastfeeding
  • Breasts that feel engorged even right after nursing
  • Blocked milk ducts or mastitis
  • Fatigue from breastfeeding constantly even though your child never seems to be full
  • 1 hour or less between feedings

What is a Frenectomy?

Treatment of a tongue tie or lip tie in the newborn is simple, fast, and can easily be performed by a trained medical professional. The procedure is called a frenectomy. For a tongue tie the baby is swaddled and the tongue is gently lifted up using fingers or a special instrument. The frenulum is then carefully snipped with sterile scissors or is removed with a special laser.

The Breathe Correct doctor will determine the best option based on the diagnosis. The tongue is then again gently lifted to ensure the frenulum has been completely clipped. The entire procedure is very quick, does not require anesthesia and a sucrose solution can be given to the infant to reduce any potential discomfort. The frenulum is very thin mucosal tissue which has few nerves, meaning there is very little pain associated with the procedure. The infant can breastfeed immediately after the procedure, and mothers often notice improvement with the first feed.

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