Tongue-tie and Breast Feeding
Tongue and lip ties is a concern for nursing mothers and is a developmental problem that begins in the womb. The frenulum is the tissue underneath the tongue that gives it flexibility from the lower jaw. Babies that have less of this tissue than others are diagnosed with tongue-tie, and in some cases, the same problem can occur with the lip. Any restricted movement of the lip or tongue can cause trouble to a healthy young infant that needs nutrition. Information regarding treatment is based on which classification the tie falls in.
Why is tongue-tie a problem for breastfeeding?
Babies with a tie won’t be able to securely latch onto the breast that they are feeding from. This is recognizable in situations where the baby has to work harder to get milk, and in turn, can damage the nipple. If the tie is classified as severe, then the baby won’t be able to nurse at all. Because tongue-ties have been so common throughout the years, bottle-feeding became more popular. For mothers that still want to nurse, bottles are not always a viable option to their natural routine.
Knowledge is power
Some mothers are turned off of breastfeeding due to the pain caused by babies with ties. This is a problem, especially if they don’t realize that the condition is treatable. Many parents aren’t even familiar with the condition, so a little bit of knowledge about ties can go a long way in treatment.
- Ties can also make bottle feeding difficult
- Solid food is harder to swallow
- Lack of breastfeeding decreases milk production
- Colic and reflux are possible problems caused by ties
- Speech problems can develop over time
- Teeth problems in children and teens is caused by untreated ties
- The earlier it is treated, the less problematic it becomes with age
- Putting off the procedure leads to expensive surgeries later on
Tongue and lip tie is a small problem that can be life changing if it isn’t addressed at infancy. Dr. Tamez excels in treating all classifications of tongue and lip tie and can help nursing mothers reconnect with their babies in need. It’s a safe procedure that can be treated so that infants can grow up healthy and happy.