Whats a frenulum?

The frenulum is a string like membrane the attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth.  Many babies are effected by a short frenulum, that may or may not cause breastfeeding / bottle feeding issues.

Signs of a short frenulum –

In most cases, babies with a short frenulum will have issues latching on or staying on the nipple – the tongue is restricted in its ability to extend far enough to cup the nipple effectively.

A short frenulum (tongue tie), may include but are not limited to:

  • Slow weight gain

  • Fussy at the breast

  • Demand to be nursed constantly

  • A clicking noise, whilst trying to feed

  • Sore nipples in the nursing Mum

  • A reduced milk supply/ mastitis


For some babies, over time breastfeeding challenges will resolve without specialist treatment, but for others it is suggested to have the baby’s frenulum clipped.

That sounds painful…

This procedure is called a frenotomoy, and is simple to do, and is often done, in the Dr’s office, without stitches or anesthesia – phew!

Another short term solution is to use a nipple shield, until the baby’s mouth and tongue grow enough to make breastfeeding easier.

Have any questions about a short frenulum or other breastfeeding challenges?

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