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Tongue tie booklet. Tongue Tie - What Do Parents Need To Know? Sometimes breastfeeding mothers find themselves with breastfeeding problems (including sore or damaged nipples, recurrent plugged ducts, mastitis or thrush, vasospasm, low milk supply or over supply) or a baby who isn’t gaining well, has difficulty latching, makes clicking sounds, or chokes frequently, despite their best attempts to correct positioning and breastfeed frequently and effectively.

Tongue Tie - What Do Parents Need To Know?

Tongue tie, tongue mobility restriction, short frenulum, ankyloglossia - all of these are names that describe the situation where a baby’s tongue does not have enough range of motion to attach to the breast, suck and swallow effectively. Sometimes tongue tied babies can’t maintain a latch for long enough to take in a full feeding, and others remain attached to the breast for long periods of time without taking in enough milk. Tongue Ties and Breastfeeding...just a "fad"? An interview with Dr. Bobby Ghaheri. Are tongue and lip ties just a new “passing fad” within the breastfeeding community or is it a real challenge that has a solution?

Tongue Ties and Breastfeeding...just a "fad"? An interview with Dr. Bobby Ghaheri

I asked women on my Facebook page, “What would you say to someone who states that tongue and lip ties are not a real thing that affects breastfeeding?” Here were some of their responses: (Within 12 hours I had over 300 responses from women who shared their experiences and the improvement they had once their child’s ties were snipped or lasered…) “We had to do BOTH the tongue and lip. My daughter was only two days old and was very jaundice. It worked. “My son’s latch hurt so bad my husband had to hold his hand over my mouth when my baby latched on so I wouldn’t scream in my baby’s ears.

“I cried at every single feeding which were two hours apart each day for seven weeks. Catherine Watson Genna, IBCLC. Now that more mothers are breastfeeding, tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is on the forefront of medical research again.

Catherine Watson Genna, IBCLC

Some tongue-tied babies breastfeed without difficulty, others cause their mother pain, don't get enough milk, or have difficulty swallowing properly and are very unhappy during and after feeding. If you are concerned that your baby may be tongue-tied, the following may help you decide if you need more help.

An IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) can help with breastfeeding, and many different dentists and doctors can help if your baby needs treatment for tongue-tie. See for a list of doctors and dentists who are particularly good at diagnosing and treating tongue-tie. The first thing to assess is whether your baby can stick out his or her tongue. Next, we want to see if your baby can lift her tongue way up to the roof of the mouth.

The hidden cause of feeding problems? (however you feed your baby) - milk mat... It’s not always obvious, the tongue can look ENTIRELY normal to the untrained eye… Sometimes it’s pulled into a heart shape or the attachment may be visible on the tip of the tongue?

The hidden cause of feeding problems? (however you feed your baby) - milk mat...

But this is just one type, others may be missed by many health professionals, yet a hidden cause of serious breastfeeding problems. Analytical Armadillo: Upper Lip Tie, Fall Guy... It is now common to hear "both lips should flange like a duck".

Analytical Armadillo: Upper Lip Tie, Fall Guy...

This actually isn't true, and as lactation consultants many have commented we often see this "duck positioning" when baby is shallow. Find a Tongue-tie Practitioner. The practitioners listed here are all members of the ATP and as such have provided evidence of appropriate training, professional registration and insurance.

Find a Tongue-tie Practitioner.

However, parents are urged to check the credentials of the person they are employing. ATP is not a regulatory body and does not vouch for the quality of service of any member appearing in the membership directory. A member's inclusion in the directory does not constitute any kind of recommendation. As the ATP does not perform a regulatory function we suggest that if there are concerns about a private practitioner's practice then this should be raised with the practitioner in the first instance. If the issue isn't adequately resolved or is serious in nature then advice should be sought from the practitioners regulatory body. Concerns involving NHS staff can be dealt with by contacting the NHS Hospital/Unit employing them. Tongue-tie Information and Infant Feeding Issues. The Mild Tongue Tie. "Baby has a "mild" tongue tie but it's too small to cause any feeding problems.

The Mild Tongue Tie

" "Baby has a "slight" tongue tie but it doesn't need treating". I meet so many parents who have been told this, it seems to be popular at the moment. Parents I meet because of feeding problems; problems that are of course not being caused by that "mild tongue tie". Except they are... Babies who might have reflux, colic or wind because they are either unable to make or maintain a deep enough latch at the breast/bottle, spending their entire feed sucking in air.

The resulting symptoms can be wide and varied, complicating diagnosis further. Tongue tie. Tongue ties come in various severities.... - Bobby Ghaheri MD. How to Examine a Baby for Tongue-Tie or Lip-Tie — The only purpose of this post is to demonstrate how to examine a baby who may have a tongue-tie or lip-tie.

How to Examine a Baby for Tongue-Tie or Lip-Tie —

Future posts will help to explain the symptoms of intraoral restrictions that can impact breastfeeding. Our first year of medical school includes proper examination technique. For instance, if you don't know where to put your stethoscope, you might miss a heart murmur. Rethinking Tongue Tie Anatomy: Anterior vs Posterior Is Irrelevant — DrGhaher... Unfortunately, what I have encountered when most practitioners treat tongue tie is that the procedure is done incompletely.

Rethinking Tongue Tie Anatomy: Anterior vs Posterior Is Irrelevant — DrGhaher...

This post will describe how to completely treat a tongue tie to completely release any tension on the tongue. After treating over a thousand babies with breastfeeding problems, it has become clear to me that our previous understanding of the anatomy of tongue tie is inaccurate. In my training, we only were taught to release the thin membrane of a tongue tie if restriction was noted (this was in the setting of speech problems, not breastfeeding). Most practitioners who haven't done a significant number of tongue tie procedures also tend to just snip this front membrane. Parents are impressed because of the lack of bleeding, and the practitioners willingly do it because it carries no risk. The Myths About Painful Breastfeeding — Throughout this blog, I will do my best to try and address what is commonly said by doctors, dentists and lactation consultants who don't understand the correlation between tongue-tie and lip-tie and poor breastfeeding.

The Myths About Painful Breastfeeding —

I think that we must first disprove what they think they know. I think these myths are born out of a complete lack of education, and with time, hopefully we won't hear them as frequently. I've compiled a list of phrases that are often used when a mom is experiencing pain or other difficulties during breastfeeding. I will try to show you why they are inaccurate and how knowing them before you talk to your doctor can be empowering.

"It's normal to have pain (or bleeding or cracking)" often combined with "Your nipples need to just toughen up".