Tongue-tie, which occurs at various levels of severity, can carry implications for breastfeeding babies. Today, we are going to discuss what tongue-tie is, how it can affect a breastfed baby, and what can be done about it.
Ankyloglossia, commonly referred to as “tongue-tie,” is a condition that occurs in almost 0.2% to 2% of babies! This medical condition occurs when the frenulum (i.e. the band of tissue that connects the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth) is too short & too tight. Due to this, a baby cannot open their mouth widely and the tongue is restricted from full extension.
If you want to check your baby for tongue-tie, put your finger in their mouth (with the pad of your finger up) and wait until the baby sucks. If the tongue doesn’t extend past the gum ridges to cup your finger, there may be reason to have a Pediatrician check your baby.
A severe form of tongue-tie can cause frustration for both baby and mom during breastfeeding. Here are some signs to look for if your baby has tongue-tie:
For the moms: Tongue-tie can also affect YOU. Here’s how:
Yes! A doctor can perform a simple in-office procedure known as a frenetomy. By quickly clipping the frenulum to loosen it, the baby’s tongue will be given a full range of motion. Additionally, anesthesia and stitches are not required for this procedure! If the tongue-tie is causing severe difficulties in your breastfeeding journey, be sure to have it looked at as soon as possible!
*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. The content found on the BettyRuth site is not meant to replace professional medical advice.
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