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How to tell if your baby is tongue tied

Updated: Feb 7, 2022

How to tell if your baby is tongue tied

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.

In most cases: babies with a short frenulum will have issues latching on or staying on the nipple.

The tongue is restricted in it's ability to extend far enough to cup the nipple effectively.

Signs of 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.

This procedure is called a frenotomoy, and is simple to do, and is often done, in the Dr's office, without stitches or anesthesia. 

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

If you are not sure, a lactation consultant or your Dr can help you assess and come up with a plan to help you deal with any potential tongue tie issue's.

Have a story you want to share, about your babies tongue tie experience? Comment below.

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