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.


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